By Intern Lee, Jo-eunMay 9, 2017
April is the Month of the Military Child. This month was established to underscore the important role children play in the military community. It is a way of showing appreciation to the children of military Families.
The Maker's Family Experience hosted by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, United States Army Garrison Daegu Fire & Emergency Services, Directorate of Public Works, Environmental & Recycling Center and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers took place at the Camp Walker Kelly Field and Youth Center on April 29 in order to unleash children's creativity using recycled materials and to show appreciation for the community's youth.
"This event is the end of the Month of Military Child," said Nicholya Williams, school liaison officer. "We decided to come together collectively with the community to do a Maker's event. So we support many upcycling using recycled items. This is combination of all the things that would happen over the month. It is our final kick-off event to celebrate the Month of Military Child."
Upcycling is taking waste items and transforming them into new or better quality items and materials.
"It was a great day full of lots of fun and activities for the whole family," said Staff Sgt. Orta Miguel, medic, 188th Military Police Company. "My wife saw this activity in the outlook. I am happy to participate in this child-friendly event."
The Maker's Family Experience provided various activities such as cardboard challenging area, rocket target range, lego builders, cup challenge, USAG Daegu Fire Department area, Safety Office booth, balloon animals, and duck-tape adornment.
"In my opinion, the most interesting activity is the cardboard challenging booth," said Williams. "I think it is amazing! There are so many families over there going through it. Those took collective effort from all of the group as well as different agencies in USAG Daegu to help us collect everything. I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us."
"We prepared for children's safety," said Thomas Steward, director of 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command Safety Office. "We have bicycles, skateboard, scooter and in-line skates to check the proper size. Also we bring lights, camera and protective devices that can be useful to Families. We want to make sure everything child safety and friendly!"
"April is my favorite month of the year. Our job is caring for children and nurturing their development, this month brings all together as a family," said Williams.