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Base Primary School celebrates Month of the Military Child

Children from the Base Primary School at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho line the hallways April 15, 2014. Each grade level made posters to hang throughout the hall during Month of the Military Child which is held every year in the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittany A. Chase/Released)

Children from the Base Primary School at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho line the hallways April 15, 2014. Each grade level made posters to hang throughout the hall during Month of the Military Child which is held every year in the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittany A. Chase/Released)

Posters hang on a wall of the Base Primary School April 15, 2014, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. April is Month of the Military Child and the school is celebrating by holding many activities including a poster contest, giving a 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place finish to each individual grade level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittany A. Chase/Released)

Posters hang on a wall of the Base Primary School April 15, 2014, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. April is Month of the Military Child and the school is celebrating by holding many activities including a poster contest, giving a 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place finish to each individual grade level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brittany A. Chase/Released)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- School staff and parents ensure more than 300 MHAFB Primary School students understand their importance and uniqueness this April, during the Month of the Military Child.

The Month of the Military Child was established by Casper Weinberger for the purpose of recognizing the important role military children play in base communities.

"Coming from a military family, I know how these kids feel when they have to take second stage to the military," said Phil McClusky, MHAFB Primary School principal. "We want to make sure the children don't feel forgotten and show them we know some of these things are hard, but they actually have a better rounded experience because of being a military child."

The Base Primary School takes time this month to recognize the significant sacrifices each and every student makes.

"The celebrations we've held so far in the month of April have been children focused," said Jessica Bergstol, parent contact for the parent-teacher partnership at base primary for month of the military child. "We are making sure they're able to participate in all the activities and feel appreciate by the adults around them."

One of the many activities the school implemented to get the students, staff and parents involved is covering almost every inch of the school with a poster or drawing.

"Each grade level chooses a student to come up and say the Pledge of Allegiance on the school's loud speaker," said McClusky. "We also have Warrior Wednesdays, where the students dress in red, white, and blue, and the parents come in for lunch."

The school-wide celebration is tailored to making sure the military children feel important as well as being a part of a community that supports everything they do.

"We're stopping and recognizing the children for how special they are because of the incredible sacrifices they make," said Bergstol. "Military children make the same exact move and handle the same types of stress during deployments, so Month of the Military child is a time to be grateful to them and to show them how appreciated they really are."

In future years, school leadership has even bigger plans for the month of April.

"In terms of having it next year, I want it to see as many parent volunteers as possible because they're the ones who spearhead this," said McClusky. "We will continue to have the month of April grow and add something different every time, this is the ultimate goal and these children deserve it."

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