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Special Award for Military-Friendly Schools Launches at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Release date: 4/21/2017

Who: Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Department of Higher Education, Ohio Adjutant General’s Department, Ohio Department of Veterans Services

What: Introduction of the Purple Star Award for military family-friendly schools and unveiling of the Purple Star emblem

Where: National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Carney Auditorium, 1100 Spaatz Street, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433 (near Dayton, Ohio)

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11a.m.

At an event honoring the Month of the Military Child, Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria will announce a new award for schools. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools will distinguish schools that show a commitment to serving military-connected students and families. To be considered for the award, schools will apply to the Ohio Department of Education. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and the Adjutant General, will help determine the school’s eligibility for the award. Superintendent DeMaria also will unveil the award emblem. Partners in the project hope the Purple Star Award will encourage all schools to better identify and address the needs of military families. Criteria for the award is can be found by clicking here.


There are 34,000 children in Ohio with parents serving in the military. This number accounts for children of active duty, reserve and Ohio National Guard members. Some of these children will attend six to nine different schools throughout their education experiences. Deployment of a parent also can present challenges to these students. Schools can help students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.

In the summer and fall of 2016, veterans, educators, family members, students, service members and others came together to identify ways schools can better serve military students and families. The Purple Star Award is a direct result of these conversations.