VBCPS - Ahead of the Curve
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer McCarrel
Date: 04/01/14 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 057 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: jennifer.mccarrel@vbschools.com

VBCPS to 'Purple Up! for Military Kids' during Month of the Military Child

Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is going purple Wednesday, April 2, to show support of military children and to thank them for their strength and sacrifices.

The division is inviting students and staff to wear purple in honor of the national "Purple Up! for Military Kids" movement. Even the division website which features a new military section will go purple and spotlight a video highlighting VBCPS military-connected students and their families. Purple symbolizes "joint" in the military world, meaning all services. In addition, combining Army green, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue results in the color purple.

Created by Operation Military Kids (OMK) as a show of support for children of military families, the national "Purple Up! for Military Kids" day of observance is scheduled for April 15 during VBCPS' spring break. Considering that nearly 30 percent of VBCPS students have a parent who is active duty military or who works on base, the division didn't want to miss the opportunity to show its support.

"Military families have such a profound impact on this community and we are fortunate to call their children, our children," said Dr. Sheila S. Magula, superintendent. "We have a strong commitment to providing support, resources and enriching programs that serve our military-connected students well."

VBCPS' "Purple Up!" day will coincide with the "Art of Being a Military Child" art exhibit opening April 2 at Lynnhaven Mall.

The Department of Defense officially designated April as the Month of the Military Child in 1986. Currently, more than 22,000 military-connected students are enrolled in VBCPS.


Department of Media and Communications, vbcpsweb@vbschools.com

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