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This Week in Mcfp 27 Aug 2010

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Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.
This Week in MC&FP
 August 27, 2010
School doors are opening, the days are getting shorter, and fall colors arebeginning to emerge. Military families have a one more week to enjoy the Blue Star Museum program.It seems like a wink of the eye
where has our summer gone?! We‟ll soon celebrate Labor Day and theofficial end of our „100 days of summer.‟ As the season of summer outdoor activities, picnics and the
like wind down, we need
to keep our guard up. Remember just a few safety reminders: don‟t drink and
drive, wear sunscreen, wear your seatbelt, wear helmets when riding a motorcycle. Think safety.If you need a visual reminder of why this is important, take a look at the 76
Army Band‟s “Play it SafeThis Summer” at
Have a good week, stay safe and take care.Your MC&FP Team
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 MC&FP Official Spokesperson Promoted 
Ms. Vee Penrod, acting principal director, and MC&FP staff joined family and friends at the promotionceremony of now Lt. Col. April Cunningham. Cunningham is the official voice for MC&FP withnational and international print, wire and broadcast media outlets. Congratulations,Lt. Col Cunningham!
 Save the Date! DoD/USDA 2011 Family Resilience Conference “Forging the Partnership” 
Mark your calendar now to be in Chicago on April 26 - 29, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency. Theinteragency conference,
Forging the Partnership
, will bring together professionals from DoDand USDA and will build connections, competency and the capacity of our agencies andprograms.The conferencewill feature keynote speakers, current youth and family research presenters, interactiveworkshops and computer labs.The call for proposals will be published in early fall and registration will
open sometime in January. We‟ll keep you posted. For more information, see
This Week in MC&FP
 August 27, 2010
 Page 2
 Recreation Kits Support Children and Youth Programming during Deployment Events
We are pleased to announce that the final three recreation kits are being shipped to National Guard StateFamily Program Directors/Joint Family Support Assistance Programs in each state and territory; and toReserve Family Programs, as they requested. MC&FP funded the development of a total of sixrecreation kits in response to a need identified during a 2009 Guard and Reserve task force Meeting.Meeting attendees, representatives from Guard and Reserve Family Programs and Yellow RibbonReintegration Programs, agreed that a major issue was the lack of age-appropriate programming andmaterials for children and youth during deployment and family program events.Final three kits currently being shipped
“Recreation in a Box” – 
games and sports equipment in a 150 gallon cooler;
"Theater in a Box” – 
a screen, projector, outdoor speakers and an assortment of movies, and"Electronic Games Kit"
a television,
 X-Box 360
console, and a selection of video games.Kits distributed kits summer 2009
 Age appropriate books, puzzles, and games for:Infant-toddlersPre-school-toddlerSix-twelve-year oldsThe kits are distributed to each state/territory in varying numbers based on National Guard and Reservepopulation, respective ages of children and youth, and geographic dispersion.
 DoDEA students Complete Summer Work at MIT’s Research Science Institute
Three DoDEA students participated in the 2010 Research Science Institute this past summer at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Kevin Burdge, a student attending
Heidelberg High School, Heidelberg, Germany, worked in MIT‟s Theoretical
Physics Department;Tristan Fitch, a student from Brussels American High School, Brussels, Belgium, worked at KingsburyLab at Boston College; and Yukino Nagai, attending Kadena High School, Okinawa, Japan, worked atBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. All three students cited the incredible impact this learningexperience had on their education and personal growth as they embark on a future in sciences. For moreinformation on the program, see:
Senate Youth Program Seeks Delegates from DoDEA
The United States Senate Youth Program for 2010-11 will be held in Washington, D.C. March 5-12,2011. This program provides eligible juniors and seniors in DoDEA high schools the opportunity toparticipate in activities centered on the function of the United States government. Two students fromeach state, the District of Columbia, and DoDEA receive a $5,000 scholarship and are awarded a week-long trip to Washington, D.C. to see how the government operates. Students are required to be electedstudent government or class officers/representatives to qualify for the program. Eligible students needto complete an application available from their school principal. Two finalists will be selected byDoDEA from the district nominees to be delegates in Washington, D.C. DoDEA will notify the twodelegates in November 2010.
This Week in MC&FP
 August 27, 2010
 Page 3
School Doors to Open in Cuba, Virginia, Europe and the Pacific
The 2010-2011 school year will be full swing following these openings:Cuba, August 30th
Europe and Pacific schools, August 30
Dahlgren, Va., September 1st
Support for Marines and Navy personnel headed to Pakistan
Roughly 4,000 sailors and Marines with the Norfolk-based Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group leftFriday, August 27 for Pakistan, where they'll provide desperately needed relief for flood victims. Thesailors and Marines onboard will be receiving monthly shipments of 
and paperback book kits
via the Army‟s MWR Library program with funding supplied by OSD. The
and paperback 
 book kits will provide much needed relief when the sailors and Marines have „down
time‟ from their 
strenuous mission.
are self-playing audio books about half the size of a deck of cards. They come with aheadset and an extra battery. Playaways are extremely popular with troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.Select Playaways are also available through the DoD MWR On-Line Library at
 Armed Forces Sports
 Congratulations to the Army women and Air Force men for winning the Armed Forces BasketballChampionships held August 16-22 at Joint Base Fort Myer/Henderson Hall. The Army women defeatedthe Navy team in a nail-biter by a score of 56-53 while the Air Force men defeated the Army team by ascore of 81-75. Players from all Services were evaluated during play for a spot on the Armed ForcesBasketball teams which will participate in the 50th World Military Basketball Championship to be heldin Seoul, South Korea September 8-18.
 Are you up to a challenge?
“Leap into Fall” and join the DoD Fall Fitness Challenge. The DoD
- sponsored event is designed toincrease the level of physical activity throughout the DoD workforce. DoD is looking to register1,500,000 hours of physical activity August 16 through October 31
. You can help DoD meet this loftygoal. All you need to do is register to be part of the challenge either individually or as part of a group.Once registered, you log on to the Web site and record your daily activity.Challenge yourself to improve your physical health and meet your fitness goals. For completeregistration information, use the following link:
 Blue Star Museum Program to End Labor Day, September 6 
Blue Star Museums
the partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts,and more than 950 museums across the country
offer free admission to military personnel and theirfamilies from Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010.

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