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Virginia Stevenson Elementary School to be recognized as a Purple Star School

The Mad River School District is pleased to announce that the Ohio Department of Education has designated Virginia Stevenson Elementary School as a Purple Star School. Virginia Stevenson is the second school in the District to be recognized with this coveted award, Beverly Gardens was selected as a Purple Star School in 2017.

"The Purple Star Award is a tremendous honor that is reflective of the incredible support that Mad River provides to our military students and their families," said Superintendent Chad Wyen. "I am extremely proud of everyone involved in these very successful partnerships between our schools and the military community at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,"

From deployments to new schools, military children are faced with unique challenges that ordinary youth their age never experience. Their ability to adapt to present and future changes deserves respect and admiration. In an effort to recognize the hard work and applaud the courage of military children, the Department of Defense (DoD) deemed April as the Month of the Military Child (MOMC).

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. Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility.

A Purple Star school will receive the designation for two years. After two years, the school must reapply. The Purple Star emblem was selected because 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 of these children will attend six to nine different schools throughout their K-12 educational experiences. In addition to changing schools often, a student 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.

The public and state-wide announcement of the Round Four Honorees of the Purple Star will be held this morning, December 7th and a formal press release plus a LIVE! Student Assembly on Twitter and Facebook (9:30 am EST.) To log-on LIVE!, please use The Ohio Department of Education pages and handles.