R 166
2021 -- H 6197
Enacted 04/06/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ruggiero, Cortvriend, Carson, Abney, McNamara, McGaw, Batista, Azzinaro, Filippi, and Blazejewski

Date Introduced: April 06, 2021

     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, Approximately two million military children in the United States have
experienced a parental deployment since 2001, and currently, 1.2 million have an active duty
parent worldwide. 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 the largest number of military kids
in the state, with approximately 600 military connected students, amounting to 26.5 percent of the
student population; and
     WHEREAS, April 21st 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 hereby
proclaims April, 2021, 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 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.