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 1: Pups & Paint (military-connected families)
April 7: PCS Workshop- Welcome & Farewell Kits Service Project
April 15: The Amazing Family Adventure with USO Illinois (military-connected families)
April 15: Purple Up Day! Wear Purple to celebrate military children!
April 22: 6th Annual Kids Rank Ball
April 29: Kids Rank 5K Family Fun Run
Scroll down to find more information on these events and how you can support Kids Rank during the month of April!
PUPS & PAINT | Saturday April 1
Kick off MoMC with an event for the entire family. Join a guided painting class with the company of veteran service K-9s.
Supplies and light refreshments will be provided, including a new cookie flavor by our Military Kid operated company, Sweets by Kids! Open to all military-connected families.
WELCOME & FAREWELL KITS | Friday April 7
This is a service project where volunteers assemble care packages for military children. Welcome Kits will be distributed 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!
The Amazing Adventure with USO of Illinois | Saturday April 15
Kids Rank will team up with USO of Illinois for an exciting family event that will test families' physical and mental stamina.
6th Annual Kids Rank Ball | Saturday April 22
At least once a year, each military branch of service hosts a formal military ball in which spouses can attend. Kids Rank will host a special evening for the entire family, our community members, and friends! Registration coming soon for the 6th Annual Ball in Skokie, IL!
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!
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 on Saturday April 29 in Highwood, IL. Families and supporters everywhere can participate in-person or virtually from wherever you are! We want families to get out and moving. Move 5K however you’d like—walk, run, bike, or skate. Whatever works for you!
All registered runners will receive our military kid-designed Kids Rank MOMC 2023 T-shirt and medal. Virtual participants items will be mailed to their registered address.
Register by Friday, April 7th to guarantee your gear by race day!
SATURDAY APRIL 29 | 8:30-11:30AM
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.!