District to celebrate military students and families


From staff reports

The Beaufort County School District (BCSD) will be honoring military children and their families during the week of April 18-22.

“We acknowledge that our military children must adapt and overcome the hardships of transitioning due to the multiple moves they must make while serving alongside their families,” Superintendent Frank Rodriguez said in a release. “The month of April is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their strength, courage, and resiliency, as well as to show our deep appreciation for their sacrifices.”

BCSD military appreciation day themes:

April 18: Support Your Favorite Military Branch of Service Day

April 19: Honoring Deployed Service Members Day

April 20: “Purple Up! For Military Kids” – Wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. (Purple combines each branch’s colors into one: the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all use shades of blue, the Army uses green, and the Marines use red.)

April 21: Red, White, and Blue Day

April 22: Principal’s Choice

School administrators will implement the above themes thru activities of their choosing. Additionally, schools are encouraged to display purple wreaths or ribbons in the entrance area in support of military students and their parents.

BCSD was bestowed the honor of Military Purple Star Distinction by the South Carolina Department of Education last May. The Purple Star School program is designed to help schools respond to the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school and keep them on track to be college, workforce, and life-ready.

Over 1,500 children from active-duty military families installed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, the Marine Corps Air Station, and the Naval Hospital in Beaufort attend Beaufort County School District schools.

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