Ohio Purple Star designations announced: Schools recognized for commitment to serving military families
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria has announced 41 new Purple Star schools. The Purple Star school designation recognizes these schools’ commitments to serving students and families connected to the United States armed forces. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility. Find the list of designees and more information on the Purple Star program here.
Superintendent DeMaria recently visited Northmont High School to recognize that building for receiving the Purple Star designation. Like other designees, Northmont will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display on campus.
Approximately 34,000 Ohio students, including the children of active duty, reserve and Ohio National Guard families, have one or more parents serving in the military. Some of these students will attend six to nine different schools between kindergarten and grade 12. Military-connected children also can be affected by a parent’s deployment. Schools can help students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.