Purple Up!

WCPS to Purple Up!
This is the image for the news article titled WCPS to Purple Up!On Friday, April 13, Wayne County Public Schools (WCPS) will “Purple Up!” for military connected students. All teachers and staff are encouraged to wear purple as a visible gesture of support for students with one or more parents who are active duty, reserve, retired, or veterans of the our nation’s military.

“We recognize that our military children experience many ongoing challenges, including having a parent deployed for months at a time, moving regularly, and facing a myriad of life transitions,” states Jamie Livengood, WCPS Military Liaison Counselor. “Purple Up! is a great way for our schools to bring recognition to the sacrifices these students make and to show them and their families that we support them.“

The Purple Up! initiative is led by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), a global non-profit organization focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. It is worth noting that WCPS has been a member of MCEC since 2004. Each year, WCPS joins other MCEC school districts across the United States and Department of Defense Schools located around the world by recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child. In addition to Purple Up!, schools will hold various activities during the month of April to recognize and appreciate military connected students for their service and sacrifice.

MCEC Facts:
  • Military connected students move 6-9 times during their K-12 years.
  • Military-connected children number almost 4 million, 75% of whom are school-age.
  • Almost every school district in America includes military-connected children and youth whose parents serve or served in the Active, Guard, and Reserve components of the Armed Forces.
  • Over 80% of these students attend U.S. public schools while less than 8% attend Department of Defense schools.
Locally, WCPS has over two thousand military connected students.
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