Superintendent’s Memo #090-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 5, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Military Child Month and New Web Resources for School Divisions

Governor Robert F. McDonnell has recognized April 2013 as Military Child Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Governor’s proclamation coincides with the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission recognition of this special celebration to honor military children.

Given that Virginia is home to some of the nation's largest and most important military installations, it is not surprising that the Commonwealth's schools educate more military children than almost any other state. As of December 2012, the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) estimates that there are 75,403 school age military-associated children of active duty members in Virginia.

School divisions are encouraged to take time in April, and throughout the year, to recognize the service of military servicemen and servicewomen, their families and their children. Across the nation, Friday, April 12, 2013, will be the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids.” People are being encouraged to wear purple on April 12th to show support for our military kids and to thank them for their strength and sacrifices. For more ideas of how to celebrate military children in your school and division, please visit the "Recognize & Celebrate Military Children" page of the VDOE Web page.

Please take time to visit the new military families' page of the VDOE Web site which includes updated resources and tools for school divisions and military families. The resource pages include:

The military family education liaison, Melissa Luchau, is also available to answer questions about implementation of the Interstate Compact, connect you with your local school liaison officer, and provide training to your school or division. If you have an initiative to highlight which assists military-connected children in your school or division, please let us know so we can include it on the VDOE Web page for others. Please contact Melissa Luchau at Melissa.Luchau@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone (804) 225-4849.

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