Sheila Spaulding
2021-2022 National Youth Activities Ambassador

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Including Youth in Holidays and Observances Honoring Veterans and Service Members

April holds some pretty important observances. The Youth Activities Program is all about including and inviting young people to honor our veterans and service members. Let’s include education of these observances in the month of April, many of which affect our young people.

Gold Star Spouses Day, April 5th

  • This day recognizes the sacrifices made by military spouses for their fallen and a remembrance day for the survivors.

Earth Day, April 22nd

  • An annual celebration honoring the achievements of the environmental movement. Picking up litter and planting trees are popular activities.

Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day, April 28th

  • Employees across the United States and around the world typically invite their children or relatives to join them at work.

April is the Month of the Military Child

  • A time to honor the sacrifices made by military families worldwide, with an emphasis on the experience of the dependent children of military members serving at home and overseas. Wearing purple has become a symbol.

“Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue!” national anthem singing contest and Illustrating America art contest are wrapping up. Make sure all the deadlines are met and entries forwarded promptly. Judge’s Scoresheet are available at

I would like to thank everyone for all the wonderful activities and ideas that have been presented this year so far. From the start of school to holiday break to springing forward, you have sent me great reports.