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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
For the 5th year in a row we were happy to volunteer with our local Marines to support Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program collecting new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributing those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Our Pride Members spent an evening together sorting toys with Marines from Great Lakes!
Toys for Tots
Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach which is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. Pride Members and their families assisted in laying wreaths at Fort Sheridan National Cemetary
Wreaths Across America
Last December, our Pride Members earned their Ribbons of Independence and were pinned by their Pride Leaders in a ceremony designed to mirror what their parents may have experienced receiving their own achievements. It was a great week of celebration attended by lots of proud parents and siblings!
Independence 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!