R 182
2017 -- H 6080
Enacted 04/05/2017

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ruggiero, Mendonca, Abney, Vella-Wilkinson, and
Date Introduced: April 05, 2017

     WHEREAS, Across our nation, and here in the State of Rhode Island, children in military
families sacrifice much in order to allow their parents to serve our nation and protect our liberty.
In this month of April, people are encouraged to show support for our military and veteran
children, and to thank them for their strength and the sacrifices they have made and continue to
make; and
     WHEREAS, There are approximately 2 million military children in the United States,
with 1.3 million being school-aged. The average military student faces transition challenges more
than twice during high school, and most military children attend 6 to 9 different school systems
from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Taking care of our military children sustains our
nation's fighting force and strengthens the health and safety of our nation's families and
communities; and
     WHEREAS, The Middletown School District serves 600 military connected students,
amounting to 26.5 percent of the student population. April 25th is also "PURPLE UP! FOR
MILITARY KIDS" day. The month of April is a time to recognize the service and sacrifices of
our military members, their families, and especially their children. They deserve our support!;
now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby proclaims April, 2017, to be "The Month of the Military Child" in
Rhode Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copies of this resolution to the Middletown School Committee, and
Middletown School Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger, Chairwoman of the Military Interstate
Children's Compact Commission.