Superintendent’s Memo #079-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 4, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Month of the Military Child

Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized April 2014 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.

Often military children are looked up to for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events, but frequent moves, family separations through deployments and reintegration issues following deployments make life especially challenging for many military children. 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, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, will be the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids.” People are encouraged to wear purple on April 15th 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 and Celebrate Military Children” page of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Web page.

We invite you to share photos and/or a description of your school’s and division’s “Month of the Military Child” events and activities with the Department of Education so they can be shared on our Web site and presented to the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Please also take time to visit the 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 that 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) 225-2924.

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