FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Locally officials recognize the sacrifices and contributions of military children with several Month of the Military Child events in April.

"They are heroes. They are affected by all the moves and the uncertainty of deployments," said Pam Williams, Child, Youth and School Services coordinator. "We want to give them some fun activities."

MOMC events include a Pitch, Hit and Run competition at the CYSS sports complex on Division Road and Fifth Avenue April 3. The event is open to boys and girls ages 7-14, and winners advance to the sectional competition at a later date. Winners, who advance far enough, compete for the overall championship during Major League Baseball's All-Star Week in Anaheim, Calif., in July. The local competition lasts from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Denise Honeycutt at 255-0666 or CYSS Sports Director Randy Tolison at 255-9105.

From April 12-16, Child Development Center staff invites parents to read books with their children or enjoy ice cream sundaes among other activities. On April 13, staff conducts the "Literacy in Early Childhood" workshop in coordination with Army Community Service's Family Advocacy Program. FAP provides free child care during the session, which lasts from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information on the workshop, call Laura Kornacki at 255-1321.

On April 16, School Age Services and middle school members of the Middle School and Teen program host an open house and Haiti relief supply drive. The drive lasts the entire month of April. For more information, call Eugene Johnson at 255-9108.

Teens in the MST program participate in the Teen Lock-In Around the World April 17. U.S. Army garrisons around the world are participating in the event to promote the Month of the Military Child and other youth programs, Williams said.

Locally, youth participate in a midnight basketball tournament and create artwork during the event, she added.

Teens also collect goods for the Haiti supply drive. For more information, call Johnson. CYSS Sports and Fitness staff hosts the Health and Nutrition Fair April 28 from 2 to 5 p.m. Tolison said children receive vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings during the fair. Children's height and weight will also be recorded. A registered dietician will also be available to provide information.

For more information, call Tolison.