Hands-on learning and connection for military families at Military Kids University

Contact: Sandy Kallio, UW-Extension: (608) 712-9868 or sandra.kallio@uwex.edu; Meredith McGlone, UW-Madison: (757) 477-2114 or meredith.mcglone@wisc.edu

Children and families with a parent, guardian or sibling in the military will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus June 12-14 for the third annual Military Kids University. The family camp is co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development and the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center.

Families will experience campus life and take part in hands-on science and arts activities taught by UW-Madison faculty. And as with all Wisconsin 4-H Military Kids programs, youth and adults will have the opportunity to connect with peers who are also experiencing the stresses of deployment or re-entry on a military family.

“The purpose of this camp is to allow children to spend quality time with their parent while exploring a university setting,” says Military Kids University co-director Laura Suprenand, “while also spending time talking about and working through both challenges and stressors on both the parents in the military and their children.” A military life consultant will be available for parents on Sunday, June 14.

Wisconsin 4-H Military Kids programs support the nearly 15,000 Wisconsin youth in military families. To learn more about Wisconsin 4-H Military Kids and the opportunities available to Wisconsin youth, visit http://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/wiomk/.

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