Edge Elementary School Celebrates Month of the Military Child

Governor Rick Scott has declared April as the Month of the Military Child in Florida.  This declaration is an opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their sacrifice and support.  There are 1.8 million American children and youth under the age of 18 with a parent serving in the military and approximately 900,000 with one or both parents deployed multiple times.  Military children and youth continue to make significant contributions in school, in the community, and throughout the state, despite prolonged and repeated absences by one or both parents. 

To recognize the military children at Edge Elementary, the Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) created a board to honor each one of them.

“Our MFLC wanted our staff, students, and the community to be aware that when a parent serves in the Armed Forces, the child/children serve, too,” said Dr. Samantha Dawson, Principal.  “Military families and their children are special and our MFLC wanted those children be proud to see their picture up on our board.”

Starting in March, the counselor took each individual child's picture in front of either a red or white background wearing either a red or white shirt. The photos were placed on red or white paper stripes and white stars were cut out for the flag, in which some of the children's pictures were placed.

“The counselor discussed with our children what makes being a Military Child special, such as being resilient, having to move and go to new schools, make new friends, and cope with deployment and reintegration,” said Dawson.  “When our children saw the board for the first time they were very excited to see their pictures and stated that it made them feel happy, honored, and proud.”

One student even stated, "when I see my friend on the board, it makes me feel happy and I know I'll be her friend forever."