Military Support Initiatives

Wayne County Public Schools serves nearly 1,900 military-connected students, more than 10% of its total student population. WCPS staff also includes military veterans, military spouses, and individuals who grew up as military children. These ties to the military community have helped to strengthen the focused partnership that WCPS and SJAFB share. For over 50 years, it is this partnership that has allowed WCPS to be forward thinking in how it addresses the needs of military-connected students. 


The relationship between WCPS and SJAFB is reflected in the following collaborative efforts that help meet the unique needs of military-connected students.


  • Military Coalition

  • WCPS Military Student Support 

  • North Carolina Purple Star Program

  • Student 2 Student & Junior Student 2 Student Programs

  • Anchored4Life Program

  • Military Child Education Designees at All Schools

  • School-Based Military Family Life Counselors

  • Deployment Support 

  • PCS Lottery for Wayne School of Engineering

  • School Advisory Council representation

  • WCPS Staff Awareness Trainings

  • Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

  • Remote Enrollment for Military Students

  • Parent Portal - a part of PowerSchool, allows access to real-time information including attendance, grades and assignments.

  • School Recognitions - recognitions and educational activities, such as Veteran’s Day in November, Memorial Day in May, Month of the Military Child in April, including Purple Up! Day. 

  • Active Duty Volunteers in WCPS

  • Military Student Identifier

  • Impact Aid

  • NMSI Grant - National Math Science Initiative to increase access and achievement in STEM education. 2020-2023.
  • DoDEA Grants - Since 2012, DoDEA Educational Partnership has awarded WCPS two grants, 2012-2015 and 2015-20.


Points of Contact

Heather Winstead, MS                                                                Cristy Barnes-Williams, MA            

WCPS District Military Liaison                                                 SJAFB School Liaison              

[email protected]                                                         [email protected]

919.738.0070                                                                              919.722.5810

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