Parading our Purple in Support of Military Kids

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

On April 13, Purple UP! Day, staff and students throughout the School Division sported purple garb to pay special tribute to our PWCS military families for the sacrifice they make in service to our country. Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, combining Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. 

Throughout April, the Month of the Military Child, PWCS will honor the resilience and contributions of military kids and their families in a variety of ways. For example, Old Bridge Elementary School hosted a Muffins for Military breakfast on Friday, April 6.  

Later this month, Ashland Elementary will host a Dual-Purpose Dinner on April 28. The Dual-Purpose Dinner is a potluck dinner and information fair connecting military families in their school to their local community. The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), Fort Belvoir Family Morale, Wellness, and Readiness (MWR) are just a few vendors that will be present.  

Throughout Virginia and the nation, communities are encouraged to take time in April to recognize the contributions of children whose parents serve in the military. Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration following deployments can make school, home, and community-life challenging for military children. Yet, even in such circumstances, these students continually demonstrate resilience and courage. 

Send information on PWCS school-sponsored Month of the Military Child events to 


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