State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria today announced 41 designations for the Purple Star, which recognizes Ohio schools’ commitment to serving military-connected students and families.
“Ohio takes great pride in its military families and we value and appreciate the sacrifices and commitment they make. Our schools are a fundamental part of our effort to support these families,” said Superintendent DeMaria. “It is an honor to recognize schools and districts with the Purple Star designation in celebration of their efforts to support military families, whether it is through various programs or resources. We value and honor the many individuals who sacrifice everything for our safety and freedom, while calling Ohio home.”
The list of fifth round designees and more information on the Purple Star can be found by clicking here.
Superintendent DeMaria visited Northmont High School on Friday in recognition of its purple star designation.
The Purple Star designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to America’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 the color purple symbolizes support for military families.
There are approximately 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.