FORT RUCKER, Ala. (November 10, 2011) -- Fort Rucker Families can get a well-earned night of relaxation at Lake Tholocco Nov. 19 as the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation offers a memorable Night Under the Stars to thank them for their commitment.

"This year we wanted to do something really special. We thought a Family camp-out event would be a great way to bring Families together and give kids a memory that will last a lifetime. This is just one way DFMWR would like to say 'thank you' to our military Families for all they do with their service to our country," said Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director.

The night is open to all military Families, and Erdlitz explained that camping is not the only activity planned for the night. Guests can enjoy face painting, games and a free screening of the film "Planet 51" presented by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Though all the events are open to Families who attend, camping is optional but highly encouraged.

"I really hope that Families take advantage of the opportunity to camp out, but even if [they] don't they can still come and enjoy all the festivities. How can you pass the chance to roast marshmallows for s 'mores? If you've never camped out, this will be the perfect opportunity to, and there will be plenty of people around that can help," said Erdlitz.

In addition to the camping and activities, DFMWR will present Tell Me a Story, a literacy event hosted by Col. James A. Muskopf, Fort Rucker garrison commander, at 7 p.m. The story "Night Catch" by Brenda Ehrmantraut will be read. The first 100 Families who register early with the school liaison office will receive a copy of the book.

Tell Me a Story is an initiative of the Military Child Education Coalition which is designed to help empower our military children through literature, said Kimberly Kozel, youth education support services director.

"Using literature and their own stories helps to foster skills for resilience, strong peer and parent connections, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. The books are carefully chosen for their content, literary value and illustrations. "Night Catch" is a book about separation and learning to communicate with loved ones during a separation. I know this is a topic that most of the Families will have dealt with at some point in their military service. Hopefully this event will spark conversations between parents and children," she said.

"It is truly going to be a night to remember. I have only camped out a few times and each time it was amazing. It's going to be a great military Family event," said Erdlitz.

Admission to the event is free for military Families. Families can call and reserve a tent while supplies last for the night by calling Brian Jackson, event coordinator, at 255-9810.

Families are also encouraged to register with DFMWR by calling 255-9810 if they plan on camping.

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