The Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Garrison Commander Col. Townley Hedrick and Senior Enlisted Advisor Garrison Command Sergeant Major Martin M. Conroy stand with ACS supervisor for social workers, Patricia Ayala; and Christa King, New Parent Support Program lead RN at the installation's Kids Fest 2017, April 8, on Fort Stewart. The command team helped open the installation's Month of the Military Child Celebration by signing two proclamations of support for April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Harassment and Prevention Month.
Photo by Pat Young
Pat Young, Fort Stewart Public Affairs
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Fort Stewart, in support of Month of the Military Child, invited community members to Kids Fest 2017, April 8; to learn about military Family life and some of the support programs available to Soldiers and Families at Stewart.
The event, kicked off with the Fort Stewart Garrison Commander Col. Townley Hedrick and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Martin Conroy, signing two commitments to helping provide a safe and stable environment - The Army Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation and the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Proclamation.
More than a thousand community members gathered to enjoy the festival; which offered information booths about available services, free games, military vehicle and equipment displays, refreshments and demonstrations such as the K-9 working dogs display.
Dawn Meadows, wife of Staff Sgt. Angelo Meadows, brought her three children, Caleb, age 4; Nevaeh, 13; and Kweli, 14; to the event – along Kweli’s friend from Long County High School, Jaeden Davis, 14.
The Meadows Family are veterans of five PCS (Permanent Change of Station) moves themselves, and understand the challenges military Families face - specifically the need to remain resilient. Some of their challenges have been deployments, making new friends, fitting in to new schools. A world of constant change.
“I try, as soon as we learn we’re moving to a new location; to find activities in the area to keep them grounded,” said Karen Meadows referring to her children. She noted there were several programs offered by all installations like the New Parent Support Program, Youth Centers, and summer programs that help with adjusting.
“Here at Stewart their summer youth programs offer a lot of activities like field trips,” Meadows said. “When you have little ones - there is Corkan, or you can go to the parks.”
Kweli said one of the ways that has helped him adapt was sports – playing basketball with his friend Jaeden at the Youth Center. His sister Nevaeh said she enjoyed writing poetry.
“Moving around a lot, you have to make the most of it,” Nevaeh said.”
Although Kids Fest is over, community members can learn more about some of the available ACS programs on line at www.stewart.army.mil /info/?id=377; or through the Directorate of Morale, Welfare and Recreation, at stewart.armymwr.com.
One of the ongoing special Coran is offers is the Kids Bowl Free program – where Families can register at www.kidsbowlfree.com/Army, to receive free bowling passes every week by email.