The Exchange is hosting a virtual contest for military children.
The Exchange is hosting a virtual contest for military children. (Photo Credit: Courtesy graphic) VIEW ORIGINAL

Army children are often burdened with the costs of the demands placed on military families, but unlike their mothers and fathers, they didn’t get a choice.

Since 1986, the Army has observed Month of the Military Child in April to recognize and honor the role military children play in the armed forces community.

This year the theme is “Military Children and Youth: Standing Strong and Proud.”

Army communities show appreciation to these children in several ways like including the Young Lives, Big Stories program, Operation Megaphone, Purple Up Day and a College and Career Fair.

The Exchange is holding an online contest that started last week which includes:

·     Play-Doh Sculpting Event – April 1-7, military kids can create a sculpture from Play-Doh and submit a photograph of their creation for a chance to win a $50 Exchange gift card grand prize or one of three runner-up Play-Doh prizes.

·     Hasbro Gaming Contest – April 8-14, kids can snap a fun photo during family game night and submit for a chance to win a $50 Exchange gift card grand prize or one of three runner-up Hasbro prizes.

·     Nerf Target Contest – April 15-21, kids can add their own creative touch to the Nerf Target and submit a photo of their completed target for a chance to win a $50 Exchange gift card grand prize or one of three runner-up Nerf prizes.

·     Disney Ultimate Princess Event – April 22-28, kids can design a Princess castle placemat and submit a photo for a chance to win a $50 Exchange gift card grand prize or one of three runner-up Disney Princess prizes.

You can visit ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes to enter and a full list of activities can be found at ShopMyExchange.com/momc.

Hunt Military Housing announced that it was partnering with the Military Child Education Coalition and Redstone Arsenal’s New Parent Support Program, ChildWise, to present a virtual Early Literacy Workshop Thursday, April 7, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The event will be held virtually and registration is requested. Parents wishing to register their families for this special event can go to https://tinyurl.com/MOMClisten.

“Supporting military children and families makes the all-volunteer Army stronger as a whole,” an Army spokesperson said. “The Army offers several programs to ensure Army children are healthy and resilient, including childcare, before and after school programs, summer care and camps, school-age services, tutoring, babysitter training, nutrition and health classes and youth sports.”

Editor’s note: Throughout April, the Rocket will feature several amazing military children doing incredible things.