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This free babysitting event gave parents the chance to have a night out and older Pride Members the opportunity to use the babysitting skills learned at our Red Cross training last Spring. 30 children came to play games and do Valentine's Day activities.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Chicago Bulls, many of our Kids Rank families were able to attend home games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Caveliers. Win or lose, we love events that allow us to get all of our families together!
Chicago Bulls Game
We partnered with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to host Social Emotional Learning and the Military Child. This training gave staff from Kids Rank and local schools the opportunity to think about how we support military children and ways we can improve. We are very excited to apply what we learned to our programming!
Social Emotional Learning Training
Our Pride Members at Hope Manor II added a Black History theme to their February brunch. During a trip to DuSable earlier in the month, Pride Members learned about Black icons and then created centerpieces celebrating them. It was the perfect addition to a delicious meal of chicken and waffles!
Black History Month Brunch
Our Pride Members spent some meetings creating fleece blankets that were donated to Orphans of the Storm, a local animal shelter. Members of our Edgewood Pride delivered the blankets and were able to meet some of the animals that would receive the blankets. Service is one of our three pillars and it is great when Pride Members can see the direct impact of their work.
Orphans of the Storm
Our Pride Members earned their Ribbons of Endurance and were pinned by their Pride Leaders in a ceremony designed to mirror what their parents may have experienced receiving their own achievements. The ceremony was the culmination of two months of working toward physical fitness goals and talking about the mental endurance of military kids. It was a great week of celebration attended by lots of proud parents and siblings!
Endurance Ribbon Pinning
We want to make our Unsung Heroes feel noticed and we need your help!
Military children will often move outside the normal school year calendar.To help these children feel valued and recognized, we are collecting items to be given out when a family moves to or from the community
These Welcome and Farewell Kits will be shared with schools and partners to make sure that military children entering and leaving our communities feel a sense of belonging. Check back here for donation instructions and a list of items we are looking for!