In the Works: FMWR prepares for MOMC Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 March 2017
By Megan O’Donoghue
Special to GUIDON

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. To recognize them, the Department of Defense has deemed April as the Month of the Military Child.

“We appreciate the commitment, contributions and sacrifices of our military children and recognize their role in strong Army Families,” said Wayne Bardell, Director, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
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Families take part in the 2015 Mad Hatter Parade at the Child Development Center. Photo courtesy of FMWR Marketing

Permanent-change-of-station moves, deployments and training activities, among other facets of military life, can present unique challenges. The strength of the nation is built on the readiness and resilience of every member of the Army including military children.

“Our Military children experience unique challenges related to their lifestyle and MWR is here to help them remain strong and resilient all while having fun,” Bardell said.

Child Youth and School Services offer programs to help Army Families meet their parental challenges and maintain their mission readiness.

FMWR has many events planned to honor Families. The following are some of them happening around the installation:


March 31
— Mad Hatter Parade and Balloon Launch, 5 p.m. in front of the Child Development Center, Building 615. For more information, call 573.596.0131, ext. 60196.

April 1
— Annual Community Fun Fair, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Child Development Center. Free, open to the public. For more information, call 573.596.0131, ext. 60238.

April 8
— Seven Habits of a 24-7 Dad class, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ACS Center.  Register at least two days prior to session. For more information, call 573.596.0131, ext. 0212.

— Easter Egg Hunt, venue opens at 9 a.m. at Gammon Field. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. There will be various activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny. This event is free and open to the public ages 0 to 12. For more information, call 573.596.0131, ext. 66913.

April 12
— PT in the Woods, 6:30 a.m. at Gerlach Track. This will be a free 30-minute workout for service members and their children ages 3 to 18.  For more information, call 573.596.0131, ext. 60209.

April 13
— On-Demand Story Time, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bruce C. Clarke Library. This event is free for all ages and open to the public.  For more information, call 573.563.5857.

April 17
— Creation Lab, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Bruce C. Clarke Library.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 573.563.5857.

April 21
— Teen Movie Night, 6 p.m. at Bruce C. Clarke Library in the Clarke Community Room. This event is open to the public and all ages. For more information, call 573.563.5857.

— Drive-In Movie, 8 p.m. at Baker Theater Auxiliary Lot.  For more information call 573.596.0131, ext. 66913.

For a detailed look at the month’s activities, visit us at www.leonardwood.armymwr.com. 

(Editor’s note: O’Donoghue is the Services and Support Division director.)
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