The Hardy County Health and Wellness Center is taking part in the Our Military Kids program by supporting Christian Walters, the son of Albert and Robin Walters of Moorefield, in his interest in karate classes.
"It gives us great pleasure to participate in the Our Military Kids program. It is a wonderful way to recognize the military family members for their contributions and dedicated service to our country during their loved ones deployment," Wellness Center Director Morgan Hill said.
Our Military Kids provides tangible support to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of severely injured service members through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring. Our Military Kids grants are made to honor the sacrifices that military families make and to ensure that their children have access to sports, fine arts or academic tutoring programs.
"Such activities help these children cope with the stress of having a parent in a war zone or recovering from injury at home," Hill said.
Christian Walters's father, Albert, is on active duty serving with the 201st out of Keyser. Albert Walters graduated in 1997 from Moorefield High School. He has been in the National Guard for three years and the Army for six years. He was deployed in September 2010 and should return September 2011.
Christian Walters, 6, is in kindergarten at Moorefield Elementary School. He has one sister, Caitlin, 2, and one brother, Connor, 17 months.
Hill said that through karate, Our Military Kids has given Walters the opportunity to build his self-confidence and a way to help pass time until his father returns. He participates in the class twice a week.
Walters said the best part of his karate class is when he gets the chance to flip the "bigger" kids in the class. He earned his white belt on March 19 and is currently working on a yellow belt.
For more information about Our Military Kids program, visit www.ourmilitarykids.org or call the Hardy County Health and Wellness Center at 304-538-7380.