April is the Month of the Military Child

April is the Month of the Military Child
Posted on 04/07/2022

April is the Month of the Military Child
State Superintendent Urges Schools to “Purple Up!” on April 20

RICHMOND — This month, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow is encouraging Virginia schools to honor students whose parents serve in the armed forces. Governor Glenn Youngkin has designated April as the Month of the Military Child to pay tribute to the thousands of military children in the commonwealth.

Virginia is home to several of the nation’s largest military installations and more military-connected children than any other state. More than 80,000 military-connected children reside in the commonwealth, and more than 69,000 are enrolled in Virginia public schools. These include students with parents on active duty and students whose parents serve in the Reserves and National Guard.

Balow is encouraging all educators, administrators, and school support staff to wear purple on the national “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day,” Wednesday, April 20, to show their support for military students.

Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In addition, we would like to celebrate schools that have received the Purple Star Award in the past in our Suffolk School Division. The recognition — awarded by VDOE and the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children — honors military-friendly schools that demonstrate their commitment to meeting the needs of military students and their families. The following school is currently a Purple Star school: Northern Shores Elementary.

Since the program's creation in 2018, 258 Virginia schools have earned Purple Star awards.