CDC hosts plant day to celebrate the month of the military child
By Cpl. Denyelle D. Spillane
| | April 15, 2003
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- The base's Child Development Center hosted Plant Day April 11 to honor military children. The event was just one activity scheduled to celebrate the Month of the Military Child throughout April.
Since 1986 the Secretary of Defense has designated every April as the Month of the Military Child.
"Our children are an inspiration and source of pride to us all," said former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones. "This is an opportunity to reflect and recognize the contributions and personal sacrifices our children make as Marine Corps family members."
Jones also encouraged commands to plan appropriate activities to help continue developing initiatives that focus attention on issues concerning the well being of children.
"Our children miss out on wholesome and well rounded activities," said Joanne Prince, teacher of older 3-year-olds at the CDC's day care facility. "Plant Day was planned so that the children could participate in an activity that was well rounded." Plant donations were used for the children to plant.
"Sometimes the facility can't provide certain resources," Prince said. "It was nice of the individuals who donated to supply the children with the opportunity to work on something they can watch grow long after this month is over."
Prince also said that the children learned how to plant and take care of flowers earlier in the week.
Many parents came to the CDC to help their children plant the flowers.
"It was an occasion that the parents could enjoy with their children," Prince said.
While approximately 19 classes planted flowers, the children recited what it took to help a plant grow.
Although infants couldn't participate, the teachers and older children made sure that a plant was planted for each day care baby too.
To honor the military child, the CDC will hold a parade today at 3 p.m. The parade will start at Bldg. 7600 on Bacon Ave. Post parade activities are also planned at Covella Pond area.
The CDC staff will take the children for a picnic lunch and a train ride in Cordele Friday.
For more information on upcoming Month of the Military Child events, call the CDC at 639-5220.