Chapin Chronicle

The Chapin High School Newspaper

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The Chapin High School Newspaper

Chapin Chronicle

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For April, a bulletin board was dedicated to military child appreciation month. They had student’s names on dog tags around the board. Noticing his name on his own paper dog tag is senior Cohen Armstrong.

“It felt weird and cool-sih seeing my name on the board,” Cohen said. “It’s cool being a military child but is that all I am?”

When getting stationed somewhere else, you often just do as you’re told by the military.

“We were moving from Airbnb to Airbnb for a couple of months when I first got to El Paso,” Cohen said.

How much a military family moves depends on if that family member is on active duty or not.

“I’ve been a military child since first grade so about 11 years,” junior Ava Dixon said. “My dad is active, and my mom is retired.”

Active-duty members get stationed wherever they are needed so the move time can range from one to four years usually.

“I’ve only lived in Ohio and El Paso,” senior Joshua Render said. “We weren’t really active until my freshman year of high school when we finally moved.”

Due to military housing in the area, military kids often have to go to school here but only for a couple of years.

“A really close friend of mine left last year and I was really sad about it,” Joshua said. “She got stationed somewhere else.”

There are mixed feelings about how military kids are shown appreciation.

“All those kids have their own personalities and are just classified as a military child,” Cohen said. “It makes me feel special in a bad way.”

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