April is the Month of the Military Child, an annual event marking its 25th anniversary. Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany kicked off the celebration with a parade of Marines in uniform, many carrying their children or walking hand-in-hand. There were activities galore for the kids — balloons, Sparky the fire dog and Freddie, the fire engine. The event was a way to recognize the support and sacrifices made by military children. Whether it is the stress of deployment or relocation or a number of other military-related issues of daily life, the Child Development Center (CDC) at MCLB-Albany works diligently with families to remove the stress of caring for the children as much as possible. The CDC serves 150 children from infants to age 12. When one, or sometimes two, parents are serving their country, it is truly a family effort. Thank you to the Marines, spouses and children for all the sacrifices made.

Nationwide, 200 candidates were considered for the Outstanding Technical Teacher Award by the American Technical Education Association (ATEA). Considering the great number of people who have chosen the profession of postsecondary technical education and/or career program instruction, to be among the 200 is an honor. Nominated by Stacey Mitchell, dean of the division health services at the college, was Kerri Newton. ATEA was obviously impressed with this nominee, an associate professor and director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Darton. Congratulations are in order as Newton is the winner of this year’s award.

The prom is a big event in the lives of juniors and seniors at high schools across the nation. Memories from the prom can last a lifetime and Friendship Baptist Church in Leesburg would like to be a part of those memories. For a second year, the church will be holding an After Prom Breakfast on Saturday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. for any and all juniors and seniors from Lee County High School. The meal is free as is the fellowship and fun. The youth committee of the church will be on hand to serve the students and chaperone the event, all in safe environment.

Looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday? Bring the family and the dog to the Agricultural Pavilion at the corner of Georgia Highway 33 and Rebecca Road in Sylvester for Bark in the Park on Saturday. The day starts with an 8 a.m. 5K run. The festival begins an hour later with vendors, food, obedience demonstrations, adoption parades and performances throughout the day by the Worth County High School jazz band. Contests for the canines include best singer, longest tail, fashion show and more. Doggie Olympics will feature dunking for hot dogs, bringing in the paper, doggy limbo, Rip Van Winkle sleep-off and other amazing and amusing skills. If you don’t have a canine, come on anyway and enjoy the fun. Proceeds will benefit the Best Friends Humane Society of Worth County.

Parlez-vous français? Not a great number of South Georgians do. Students from all across the state participated in the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) Spoken Language State Competition last month in Atlanta. Students were judged on a four-point scale ranging from (lowest to highest) Certificate, Notable, Excellent and Superior. Dougherty Comprehensive High School ninth graders Alexis Chambers and Jasmine Warren participated in the French contest. Jasmine received the “excellent” rating and Alexis received a “superior” rating. Well done, young ladies!