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As school personnel, you may be one of the few people in the community to know that a child is experiencing extra stress or concerns because they have a military parent. 

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.

Read the counselor in the spotlight below!

Be 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!

Be an O:MK Classroom! Newsletter (PDF)

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Classroom Certificate (PDF)




  • 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.

  • 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

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Counselor in the spotlight

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 modified “hero 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.

Rebecca said, “Please know that I do not do this for any sort of recognition. I do this because I feel STRONGLY that Americans owe a debt to our Military Service Men and Women so large that we can never fully repay them for their dedication and sacrifice. I am proud to do whatever small thing I can to say thank you to our Military Heroes. It is because of the efforts of our Military Service men and women that we have the GREATEST nation on earth, and the freedom to enjoy it!”

Rebecca attended the “Ready, Set, Go!” training in December 2008 held at Tan-Tar-A resort. Waita Karcher, Operation: Military Kids and 4-H youth development assistant in Pulaski County, conducted the training with support from Joan Zeller, O: MK and Tracy Anderson, Joint Family Services Assistance Program, Military One Source.

The photo of the “Wall of Heroes” is at Mallory, one of the Elementary Schools in Dallas County.

Last Updated 10-Feb-11

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