AN AWARENESS month that highlights the important role service children play in the Armed Forces community is being supported by Powys County Council.
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child and this year, the council and schools across Powys are supporting this important month.
Month of the Military Child is also supported by SSCE Cymru – who promote awareness of the educational needs of children from Armed Forces families in Wales – and aims to highlight the important role service children play in the Armed Forces community.
Schools will be taking part in the event by carrying out activities and raising awareness.
Activities suggested by SSCE Cymru include encouraging Service children to get creative and write their own stories about being a Service child, pinpointing on a world map where Service children have lived or their parents have been posted, and asking pupils to say a few words of appreciation about the Armed Forces through writing poems, songs or writing letters.
Schools are also encouraged to share their activities on social media by tagging @SSCECymru and using the #MilitaryChildMonthCymru and #MofMC hashtags.
A full list of suggested activities for schools can be found on the SSCE Cymru website.
Cllr Matthew Dorrance, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for a Fairer Powys and the council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud Armed Forces families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
“Our education settings across Powys are being encouraged to carry out activities during this month to celebrate and raise awareness of the unique experiences this group of children and young people have and become a more Armed Forces-friendly environment.”