Superintendent’s Memo #067-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 27, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Month of the Military Child

The month of April has been designated by Governor Terry McAuliffe through Proclamation as the Month of the Military Child, a special time to “pay tribute to military children for their commitment, patience, courage and unconditional support of their parents.”The Board of Education adopted a Resolution of Recognition to celebrate and honor military-connected children and their families at their March 26 meeting.

Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration issues following deployments can create challenges for military children in home, school, and community life.  Yet, even in such circumstances, these students demonstrate resilience and the ability to deal with life-changing events.  In April, educators and public education stakeholders will take time to recognize the military children in our schools and their family members who serve our country.

Across the nation, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, will be the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids.”  Wearing purple on April 15 will show support for our military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices.

Throughout the Month of the Military Child and beyond, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers online resources to help support military children or plan and promote events honoring them and their families.

We encourage Virginia schools to involve students and staff in this opportunity and to share photos and/or descriptions of your “Purple Up!” and “Month of the Military Child” activities at for posting on the VDOE Web site.  If you have additional questions, you may also e-mail them to or call 804-225-2092.