Thank you to so many of you who have participated in April, the Month of the Military Child in the past. It is almost that time of year! There are several events and activities planned for April! Please see the information below and proudly support Minnesota’s Hidden Heroes and wear purple on April 21st for Purple Up Day. Also, post any activities you do using the hashtag #PurpleUpMN. There will be more information to come about the April 21st Purple Up day event. Below are some activities that will take place prior to April 21.
Order a Purple Up Shirt by March 7 to receive it by April 1. http://www.nsapparelcompany.com/collections/month-of-the-military-child
Military-connected Youth can receive a letter of recognition from Gov. Mark Dayton website will be live from April 1-30 at http://www.MinnesotaVeteran.org
Submit an entry (now through April 17) in the Art Contest themed “Military Pride”. (see attached flyer for details)
Military families – email a photo that depicts what it looks like for your child to be in a military family. Email to State Family Programs Assistant 2LT Hannah Warner @ firstname.lastname@example.org l
Please check our Facebook page for periodic updates @ https://www.facebook.com/MnNationalGuardYouthPrograms/.
Other best practices include sending thank you notes of appreciation through the school district to give to military youth, inviting a service member to the local library to read a book to kids, visiting military youth in the schools to give them thank you bags full of goodies, highlight some military youth in local newsletter or paper, hosting a military youth appreciation party, asking city leaders, the business community and teachers to wear purple on Fridays throughout the month, many ways to say thank you to your communities children during the month.
Thank you for your ongoing support!
Annette Brechon Kuyper
Director of Military Outreach
MN Department of Military Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St Paul, MN 55155-2004