IRCSD Celebrates the Month of the Military Child

IRCSD Celebrates the Month of the Military Child
Posted on 04/27/2021
IRCSD Celebrates the Month of the Military Child


Dear IRCSD Community,

As you’ve seen from various messages, April 2021 has been designated the "Month of the Military Child". In the IRCSD family, we celebrate and support our military children each and every day.  We know too well the heartache and challenge that come from deployments, how to soothe the anxiety on “another” first day of school, and have on occasion been able to witness the joy of an unexpected “surprise” homecoming. We’ve learned that the challenges associated with a military-connected life are many, yet so are the opportunities. Supporting children from military-connected families and integrating them into our Warrior family is what we do.  We live by the mantra "Once an IRCSD Warrior, always a Warrior."
 
It's easy to read the facts:
  • There are more than 2 million children of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and veterans
  • Over 40% of active duty service members have children. 
  • On average, children in military families move 6 to 9 times during a school career (that's about three times more frequently than non-military families).
  • More than 2 million children have a mother or father who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan; many have served multiple times.
  • Military children are twice as likely as their civilian counterparts to join the military as adults (Sources: DODEA, militarychild.org).
  • IRCSD is made up of roughly 63% active military-dependent families, with many more civilian-connected via employment and/or recent retirement.
  • IRCSD has served over 75,000 military-connected children since Fort Drum expanded in the late 1980s. 

What's much more difficult is for those of us who have never had to grapple with these issues to understand what it's like to be a Military Child.  In 2011 (and in a later reprise), the IRCSD Drama Club gave us a peek inside the lives of our military-connected children in their play "In My Shoes". We also build relationships and establish roots for each and every student we meet, regardless of the length of time they spend at IRCSD. This April, we interviewed current and former Warriors as well as a couple of parents to ask "What's it like to be a military-connected child?"  
 
Please take a few minutes to share this video with your family, your students, and anyone near and far to help facilitate a conversation about the resilience and tenacity of military children and to help celebrate those "who did not make the choice to serve, but live each day supporting their brave parents" (March 31, 2021 Presidential Proclamation).
 
Thank you for all you do to support our IRCSD students and community this month and every month. #WeAreIR!
 
(Video credit to Mrs. McCullouch, IRCSD teacher, and general credit to the many, many military children around the globe!)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q4K2pMkjgPAB5Oi_yIMa2sIui6zokrtd/view?usp=sharing
 
or
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31GYy1bqimE
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