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resilience.

The Unstoppable Power

The Pen Force - Poetry Contest
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Empowering young people to find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own by engaging students in writing, contests, tournaments and providing a platform for publication, advocacy, leadership opportunities and development.

Our Commitment to Creative Expression

Because the ideas, dreams and beliefs of today's youth form the foundation of tomorrow's communities, in communities worldwide, and in military communities. The Military Children Pen Force is dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own. It is a mission we will realize when we inspire every teacher and challenge every student to truly embrace the art of creative expression through writing as a life skill.

A Poetry Writing Assignment

Poetry can be a powerful teaching tool. It not only helps students improve their literacy, speaking and listening skills, but also can help students connect to others and express themselves. A poem written by a military-connected child called “Resilience" While

Serving Too" can help students connect to the experience of being part of a military family. We ask contestants to write their own based on their experiences as a military-connected student or what they felt after writing the poem. Depending on how comfortable students feel about sharing their work, they may consider share at the Military Children World Expo, sending copies of their poems to a local veterans group such as American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Purple Heart or to residents of a State Veterans Home, VA Medical Center or Community Living Centers (VA Nursing Homes), and published in our Military Children World Expo Magazine.

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The Power of the Pen Force

The Power of Competition

The Poser of Collaboration

The Power of Mentors

The Power of the Story

I SERVE TOO

He puts on his flight suit, he puts on his combat boots, he puts on his dog tags, he puts on his hat, he packs his duffel bag and says goodbye. I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too.

He missed my music program, he missed my birthday, he missed Christmas, he missed my soccer games and swim meets, he missed our family vacation, he missed my achievements, he is gone when I need him most. I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too.

I let him go for your freedom of speech, I let him go for your right to vote, I let him go for your right to be free, I let him go knowing he might not come home. I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too.
I see the flag and I feel reverence, I hear the anthem and I try to be brave, I hope for the day I can embrace my hero, I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too.


Maren Kalberer

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