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National Guard or Reserves families live in our
community as businesspersons, doctors or firefighters, typically
giving one weekend a month to military service. Many are being deployed
for a year or even more, leaving their families to deal with daily
details and the stress of having a loved one constantly in harm’s way.
As you work in the classroom with the children of military families, we hope that the O:MK information and resources will be of help. O:MK reflects the best of America...youth, adults, schools, civic, military and private organizations coming together to support Military Kids, our everyday heroes right in our own backyards.
an O:MK Classroom!
Find ideas and classroom activities on how you can support military kids with our new Be an O:MK Classroom! newsletter. Please share with other educators. If you have ideas to add to the list, let us know!
Proudly display the O:MK Classroom certificate.
Classroom Certificate (PDF)
AASA Toolkit: Supporting the Military Child
Guidance for school leaders on meeting the unique educational needs of children whose parents are deployed or in transition from the American Association of School Administrators.
Book list bookmark
This bookmark provides a list of books suitable for group discussions among children and youth.
Living in the New Normal: Supporting Children through Trauma & Loss
Shadowed by War: Building Community Capacity to Support Military Families (PDF)
A community capacity approach to family support featuring current initiatives.
Learning and teaching support to help as you serve military youth.
On the web
Sesame Street Family Connections
A bilingual child centered, private online military family resource where children and adults can interact and stay connected when distance makes everyday communication difficult.
Teens who move a lot have twice suicide risk
MSNBC report on the effects of moving on teens
Why We Serve
A speakers outreach program intended to re-connect the men and women of the United States Armed Forces with those they serve: The American people.
Military Youth on the Move!
Easy to use resource that reaches out to youth with creative ways to cope with issues that arise in the face of a move.
O:MK resources may also be useful for the classroom setting
Rebecca Robison, elementary counselor for Dallas County R-1 School
District, has been a long time supporter of youth who have
family in the military. This year, she presented seven
packs” to students that included letters of
appreciation to the child for being a Hero at Home. Also, the
students and staff of Mallory Elementary raised $151.52 to
support the Missouri Military Family Relief Fund through the
Power of 11 cents Education Project. Rebecca’s students are
currently writing letters to a community member who is deployed.
The photo of the “Wall of Heroes” is at Mallory, one of the Elementary Schools in Dallas County.