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Mad River Local Schools Receive Purple Star School District Designation

The Mad River Local School District is proud to announce that it has achieved Purple Star Status at each of its school buildings. Mad River is now recognized as a Purple Star District-one of only a handful of districts recognized with this distinction in the State of Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Education, in conjunction with Higher Education, Veterans Services and the Adjutant General, award this designation to individual school buildings that meet specific qualifications.

A few examples that demonstrate Mad River’s commitment to creating a military-friendly school include: Beverly Gardens Elementary hosts an annual military friendly program/parade on Veteran’s Day, during the Month of the Military Child (April 2019), we had several district-wide activities taking place to support and promote our military connected students including a district-wide Month of the Military Child Spirit Month.  Mad River also has an award-winning Air Force JROTC with over 150 cadets located at Stebbins High School. Additionally, Superintendent Chad Wyen has been appointed by the Governor of Ohio to serve on the State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. 

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. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility. 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.