57 new Purple Star schools recognized
The Purple Star designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. Last Friday, on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the Department honored 57 Ohio schools for creating inclusive, supportive communities for their military families. Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings.
For the first time, two career-technical education centers received the designation: Warren County Career Center and Laurel Oaks Career Campus. The list of schools that received the designation and more information on the Purple Star can be found online here.
A Purple Star school receives the designation for two years, after which the school must reapply. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide schools’ eligibility for Purple Star recognition. They selected the Purple Star emblem because the color purple symbolizes support for military families.
There are 34,000 children in Ohio with one or more parents serving in the military. This includes the children of active duty, reserve and Ohio National Guard members. Some will attend six to nine schools throughout their K-12 educational experiences. In addition to changing schools often, a parent’s deployment also can affect a student. Schools can help students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.