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Service members, parents and school staff members greet children as they walk up the stairs to Ramstein Intermediate School at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on April 19, 2022. The outsized welcome was part of the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child.

Service members, parents and school staff members greet children as they walk up the stairs to Ramstein Intermediate School at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on April 19, 2022. The outsized welcome was part of the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Service members greet children as they walk up the stairs to Ramstein Intermediate School at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on April 19, 2022. The outsized welcome was part of the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child.

Service members greet children as they walk up the stairs to Ramstein Intermediate School at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, on April 19, 2022. The outsized welcome was part of the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Students at Ramstein Intermediate School in Germany dance in the school courtyard while the U.S. Air Forces in Europe rock band plays on April 19, 2022. The festivities were part of the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child.

Students at Ramstein Intermediate School in Germany dance in the school courtyard while the U.S. Air Forces in Europe rock band plays on April 19, 2022. The festivities were part of the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Staff members at Ramstein Intermediate School in Germany join a flash mob dance while celebrating Month of the Military Child on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Staff members at Ramstein Intermediate School in Germany join a flash mob dance while celebrating Month of the Military Child on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

Ramstein Intermediate School held a party for its students on Tuesday in celebration of the Month of the Military Child.

U.S. military bases and schools hold special events in April to honor military families and their children. At Ramstein Air Base, service members, parents and staff members greeted children as they walked up the stairs to school. The base fire department and its mascot, Sparky, also joined the festivities.

The school gave all students and staffers purple T-shirts and buttons, symbolizing support for military children. After students’ arrival, the celebration continued in the courtyard with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe rock band. About 745 students in grades three through five attend the school.

Sparky, the Ramstein Air Base fire department’s mascot, gives a student at Ramstein Intermediate School a high-five on April 19, 2022, during the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child.

Sparky, the Ramstein Air Base fire department’s mascot, gives a student at Ramstein Intermediate School a high-five on April 19, 2022, during the school’s celebration for Month of the Military Child. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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