CELEBRATE OUR UNSUNG HEROES
Join us in recognizing and celebrating the military connected children in your communities!
APRIL IS MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD
Kids Rank supports military children all year round but April is a time for everyone to join us in recognizing these Unsung Heroes! After a long and challenging year, we are excited to have found some ways to keep our community connected while staying safe. Unless otherwise specified, these activities are open to civilian and military families!
Click the links below for ticket registration and more information on each of our events!
April 2: Cookies & Canvas (military families)
April 6: Kids Rank Mask of Hope Exhibition
April 9: The Amazing Building Adventure with USO Illinois (military families)
April 14: Purple Up Day!
April 16: Welcome & Farewell Kits Service Project
April 23: Kids Rank 5K Family Fun Run
April 30: 5th Annual Kids Rank Ball
Scroll down to find more information on these events and how you can support Kids Rank during the month of April!
COOKIES & CANVAS | Sat April 2
Help kick off Kids Rank's celebration of Month of the Military Child 2022 with a creative event for the entire family. Guided by children's book illustrator and military spouse, Kristle Harris, Cookies & Canvas participants will create their own works of art!
Supplies and light refreshments will be provided, including a new cookie flavor by our Military Kid operated company, Sweets by Kids! Open to military connected families both in-person and virtually. Register online by Wed March 23!
WELCOME & FAREWELL KITS | Sat April 16
This is a service project where volunteers assemble care packages for military children. Welcome Kits will be distrbuted by our partner schools to military children new to the area and Farewell Kits will be given for our military children that have an upcoming PCS! If you are unable to volunteer on our assembly day, feel free to contribute by purchasing materials for the kits from our Amazon Wishlist! Thank you to the Blue Star Families Chicago Chapter for donations of books for the Kids Rank Kits!
5th Annual Kids Rank Ball | Sat April 30
At least once a year each military branch of service hosts a formal military ball in which spouses can attend. Kids Rank, celebrating our 10th Year Anniversary will host a special evening for the entire family, our community members, and friends! Register online for the 5th Annual Ball at the Renaissance Hotel in Northbrook, IL!
5K FAMILY FUN RACE
GET MOVING FOR MILITARY KIDS!
(open to all military and civilian families)
Join us in celebrating military and veteran children in your community with our 5K! This family friendly event will take place in-person on Saturday April 23 in Highwood, IL or partcipate virtually wherever you are! We want families to get out and moving- move 5K however you’d like- walk, run, bike, skate- whatever works for you!
All registered runners will receive our military kid designed Kids Rank MOMC 2022 T-shirt and medal. Virtual participants will be mailed
Register by Friday April 8th at noon to guarantee your gear by race day!
SAT APRIL 23 | 8:30-11:30AM
PARTNER AND FAMILY EVENTS
Click on the pictures for more information!
For one night only!
Kids Rank Masks of Hope Exhibition at Pritzker Military Museum and Library
Wed April 6 | 5PM-7PM
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
The Amazing Building Adventure with USO of Illinois
Sat April 9 | 10AM-1PM
Epicenter, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL*
*Base access required
MOVE A MILE!
School partners are invited to join in the MOVE A MILE campaign to show support for the military connected children in their student body!
Participants will receive a special thank you gift!
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE BACK?
Give Your Time
We are looking for motivated people to create a positive experience in the lives of our military kids. There are a few opportunities in different capacities within Kids Rank that we wanted to share with you.
But first, WE WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU! Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey below. This will help us figure out what make you smile and will align with our CONNECT, LEAD, SERVE mission!
Some of the volunteering roles require some training with greater time commitments and others allow for shorter drop-in options to fit into a variety of schedules. The important thing to remember is that every volunteer helps create an impact with our Kids Rank Members!
Support Kids Rank Welcome & Farewell Kits
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.
To support this effort, you can purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist. This list contains small items that will be sent to our office and put into the kits.!