CAMP WALKER, Republic of Korea — U.S. Army Garrison Daegu community members helped usher in Month of the Military Child observances with a series of Double Dutch Friday events during the month of April.
A mixture of playground games, food, music and socializing—Double Dutch Fridays take place next to USAG Daegu's Army Family Housing towers at adjoining playground and outdoor areas.
The nearby mountainside of Apsan—newly turned green by spring—served as a backdrop for young residents taking turns jumping rope. Nearby, parents socialized while music played and children laughed. Volunteers dutifully manned grills and served up hotdogs and hamburgers to the community.
Event organizer Lisa Evergin worked closely with other tower residents to bring the traditional jump rope activity to South Korea and said the event is about sharing fun experiences with families, particularly military children.
"I loved jumping Double Dutch as a kid—I even introduced it to my husband and sons! The awesome thing about Double Dutch is that anyone can learn it, and for those of us that thought we were too old to ‘jump’ back in, once you hear the rhythm of the ropes, it is just like riding a bike."
Supporting military families is nothing new to Evergin; she has worked as a member of Army Community Service (ACS) for several years in multiple locations.
"This is the third ACS team that I have had the pleasure to work with and the expansion and creativity of programs and events to support military children is really something fantastic! The ACS mission has always been to support our Military Families, and I have noticed that ACS has been always able to adapt to the current needs of the community," said Evergin.
Month of the Military Child is observed each April to honor and celebrate military children and youth for their service, commitment, and sacrifice in support of the Army's mission. The observance reiterates the Army’s commitment to provide quality care and positive youth development for a bright future.