VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dr. Heather Allen
Date: 04/04/16 Phone: 757.263.1797
News Release No. 058 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: heather.allen@vbschools.com

‘The Art of Being a Military Child’ exhibit opens with reception April 6

Throughout April, the Month of the Military Child, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) student artwork will be featured at Lynnhaven Mall. “The Art of Being a Military Child” exhibit showcases students’ artistic interpretations of what it means to be a military dependent, including deployments, transitions, patriotism, family and school. It is the culmination of a contest open to all VBCPS students to which more than 560 art entries were submitted.

The exhibit opens with a reception in Lynnhaven Mall’s center court, Wednesday, April 6, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band. VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe, senior leaders from each branch of military service and other dignitaries will be present to recognize contest participants and award winners in a ceremony from 6-7 p.m.

“With more than 18,200 military-connected students enrolled in our school division whose families support some of the most significant military installations in the world, the Month of the Military Child holds special meaning for us,” said VBCPS Superintendent Aaron Spence. “Who better to tell us their stories than the students themselves through artwork depicting their challenges, opportunities, transitions and pride? Visiting this exhibit to view our students’ work is just one way the public can honor and celebrate the service of the many military-connected families in our community.”

The school division hosts the contest and annual art show 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.

Students’ artwork 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 2016 calendar features artwork by 21 VBCPS students showcased in last year’s “The Art of Being a Military Child” exhibit. In addition, 17 VBCPS students had artwork featured in MCEC’s electronic publication, Art from the Heart.

For more information on “The Art of Being a Military Child” exhibit or the resources and programs the school division provides to military families, please contact VBCPS partnership coordinator Laura Smart at 757-263-1799.

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