BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - April is the Month of the Military Child, a time to celebrate the strength an experiences of military children.
At Cope Middle School, they’re setting the bar when it comes to military kids here at home.
“I think we feel that they’re used to it because they move around a lot. I don’t think we really stop and think about the sacrifices that these kids also make from day to day,” said teacher Brandi Dye, who witnesses firsthand the challenges military youths face.
“They move around a lot; and they need to know that there are other kids just like them because it’s hard to make new friends.”
Which is why Dye created the Military Club at the Bossier City school.
“So they know they’re not alone,” she explained, “There’s someone else out there to help them when they’re in need.
"Sometimes they don’t want to talk to their parents because they know they’re already going through a lot. So there are other people there to help them through a tough situation or just to listen because they need to vent about something.”
For several years now, the club has soared.
“It’s one of my favorite clubs that I’m in because I get to talk to other people who have experiences like me. And he really understands what it is to move around and adjust to a new school,” sixth-grader Rebecca Thompson explained.
“It’s really fun," Evan Moore said. "I get to meet other kids who have been all over the place like me. I can finally relate to other people.”
It’s more than just hanging out with other military kids. They give back to those in need.
“We do a lot in the community,” Thompson said. “We have a veterans assembly in our gym. We also have deployment boxes. We do The Warrior Network.”
These kids are wise beyond their years, offering support for others in their shoes.
It is “... hard leaving new friends, but that doesn’t mean you won’t make new ones," Moore offered. "Just because you leave your own place doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy your new place.”
While the military often dictates where they’re going, the Defense Department puts an extra focus on these kids and their peers during the month of April.
On Friday, military youths at Cope Middle were treated to a special Purple Up breakfast.
The color purple and phrase “Purple Up” are a show of support and thanks to military kids near and far.
The group also presented $200 raised through recent T-shirt sales to Woody’s Home for Veterans.