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April 17, 2009
Homefront Heroes In Oregon Program planned for children of deployed service members
 
Homefront Heroes is springing to life and its first event takes place at North Salem High School, 765 14th Street NE, Salem, Ore. May 16, 2009 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The theme for the day is Food, Friends and Fun.

Children of service members deployed in support of the Global War on Terror are invited to this event. This initial event is open to children of all ages within a 50 miles radius of Salem, Ore. and is free of charge. If successful, other events like this will be planned for other parts of the state.

The purpose of this program is twofold: connect military kids with each other while providing fun activities and useful community programs, and to inform our educators of the needs of these kids while their parents are deployed. The students will meet other kids who they can interface with while learning ways to better deal with the stressors and hardships associated with deployments.

The North Salem High School Junior ROTC program has volunteered to host the event and have partnered with community and youth organizations including the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America, American Red Cross, Salem Police and Fire Departments, Army Reserves, Salem Public Library, and the Drug Demand Reduction program for the Oregon National Guard.

As the students arrive they will check in beginning at 9 a.m. and be provided an overview of the day's activities which include: a rock climbing wall, Game Lounge, arts and crafts, water bottle rockets, woodcraft's, low ropes course, discovery dive, geo-caching, storytelling, archery, static display military, fire and police vehicles, fire demonstrations, obstacle course, fishing ponds, basketball, volleyball, clowns, Bookmobile, storytelling and more.

Due to the geographic dispersion and non-installation based nature of our states' military service members, the children do not know of each other even within their own schools or communities. Recognizing that the separation when one or both of the parents are deployed has caused some problems for military children, these organizations have step forward to take care of our military and their families.

Registration is requested online and will begin on April 24, 2009 to help us plan for the amount of food and equipment that will be needed. Deadline for registration is May 14 at 12 midnight.

The link for the online registration is listed below
http://cpcbsa.org/register/ 

Scroll down to H2O Military Kids Fair. Members of all the participating organization are available for comment upon request.
 
 
Contact Info:
 
Kay Fristad
Chief, Community Relations
503-584-3917
503-931-5179 cell