KMFRC wants Kingston to #TealUp for military kids this April

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April is the Month of the Military Child, and the Kingston Military Family Resource Centre (KMFRC), a local non-profit centre supporting military families, is running a public awareness campaign to recognize the strength and resilience of military children.

The KMFRC is inviting the wider Kingston population to join the #TealUp campaign during the month of April. According to a release from KMFRC, the campaign is featured at many Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) throughout Canada.

“To show support for military children, everyone is invited to wear teal-coloured clothing, specifically on Tuesdays (or any day) in April and post a picture of themselves using #TealUP #TealUpTuesday and #KMFRC #KMFRCTealUp2024 and tag @tealup4militarykids on Instagram or @militarykidstealup on Facebook,” KMFRC said.

The Month of the Military Child (MOMC) was first established in the United States in 1986 and has since been adopted here in Canada. According to the KMFRC, military children often have a unique childhood experience compared to children with civilian parents.

“To be a military child can mean having to move often, and experiencing an absence of a parent, or sometimes both parents, for a long period of time when they deploy or need to be on training. It can also include a new house, a new school, and a new community to navigate, or learning about a new culture and language while living abroad,” the organization stated.

“Being a military child means building resilience in new and sometimes challenging circumstances. The sacrifices of military children are diverse and often include the loss of a community that was meaningful and leaving friendships and sports teams behind and creating new experiences after a relocation. Being a military child can be difficult, yet there is often no prouder child than the child of a military member.”

According to the KMFRC, even some of the Limestone City’s most well-known landmarks will be joining in to show Kingston’s support of military kids, with Kingston City Hall, Springer Market Square, and For Henry all being illuminated in teal on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2024. Additionally, Fort Henry will be illuminated in teal each Tuesday in April, as well as on Monday, Apr. 29, 2024.

The KMFRC said that after issuing an invitation to local school boards, several have chosen to fly TealUp flags during the month of April to show their support for military children at their schools. As well, the KMFRC is offering special TealUp Classroom Kits for teachers to raise awareness. The KMFRC said that schools are further invited to participate in the teal-wearing campaign and post their pictures on social media using the aforementioned social media tags.

The KMFRC is also hosting a fun Month of the Military Child event with many child and youth activities for military children on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2024. For more information, military families can visit the KMFRC website at kmfrc.com or follow them on social media. According to the organization, this event is to provide recognition of military children’s resilience, strength, and ability to continuously adapt to the demands of the military lifestyle.

One thought on “KMFRC wants Kingston to #TealUp for military kids this April

  • I was a military child. We called ourselves military brats and were and are proud of it.
    We always thought of the dandilion in seed as out symbol of the military child. We go wherever the wind blows…
    Lovely that April is their month. I had never heard of this until now. I will certainly be wearing Teal on Tuesdays through the month of April and more.
    It was an experience like no other but as army brats we made lasting relationships all over the world and because of the internet we can continue enjoying them in our senior years.
    Thanks for this…much appreciated.
    Zoe MacKenzie (nee Fowler)

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