Superintendent's Memo #097-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 8, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: The Commonwealth of Virginia Observes Military Child Month

Governor Robert F. McDonnell has proclaimed April 2011 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. This special celebration is a legacy of former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

Virginia has the highest number of active duty, school age children in the nation. Care of military children sustains our fighting force and strengthens the health, security and safety of our nation's and our Commonwealth’s families and communities.

While their parents honorably serve our Nation and our Commonwealth, we should recognize military children’s contributions and celebrate their spirit. Virginia is committed to be an active participant in the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The Compact seeks to ease the transition of the children of military families into school as a result of frequent moves and deployment of their parents.

Governor McDonnell’s proclamation of April 2011 as Military Child Month may be viewed on the Governor’s Web site at A copy of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission recognition of this celebration is available at

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with a number of military authorities, provides resources concerning children of mobilized military personnel for families and educators. We encourage school divisions to take time this month to recognize the service of our military servicemen and women, their families and their children.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Melissa Luchau, military family education liaison, via e-mail at, or by telephone (804) 225-4849.