VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 03/29/17 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 055 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

'The Art of Being a Military Child' exhibit opens April 1

Virginia Beach City Public Schools joins the nation in celebrating the Month of the Military Child in April and is hosting a special art exhibit to honor the military community and showcase students' artistic interpretations of what it means to be a military-connected child.

"The Art of Being a Military Child" exhibit opens April 1 at Lynnhaven Mall, and the division will celebrate with a reception in center court Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, and VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence, senior leaders from each branch of military service and other dignitaries will recognize contest participants and award winners in a ceremony from 6-7 p.m.

"We look forward to the Month of the Military Child and this art exhibit each year as opportunities to recognize and celebrate the service of the many military-connected families in our community," said Dr. Aaron Spence, VBCPS superintendent. "The artwork on display provides insight into the unique challenges of deployments, transitions and relocations as well as the joy of homecomings experienced by the more than 17,500 military-connected students enrolled in our schools. We hope the public will make time to visit the exhibit to view our students' expressions of love, loss, and pride."

The exhibit is the culmination of an art contest open to all VBCPS students to which more than 710 entries were submitted. The contest and annual art show are hosted in partnership with Lynnhaven Mall and military school liaison officers at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story and Naval Air Station Oceana-Dam Neck.

VBCPS student artwork in the exhibit also becomes eligible for submission to the Military Child Education Coalition's (MCEC) "Call for the Arts" program. The national organization features artwork by military-connected children in its publications, website and at events. The MCEC 2017 calendar features artwork by 28 VBCPS students showcased in last year's "The Art of Being a Military Child" exhibit.

For more information about "The Art of Being a Military Child" exhibit or resources and programs the school division provides to military families, please contact Amanda Yoder, VBCPS military-connected school counselor, at amanda.yoder@vbschools.com or 757-263-1980.

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