Purple Star Designation

BCS Receives Purple Star Designation
Posted on 01/27/2021
Purple Star Designation


Purple Star Designation

On behalf of the Purple Star Advisory Board and the Ohio Department of Education, it is with great honor and pleasure that Bryan Elementary & Bryan Middle/High School have received the Purple Star Designation!

The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite. The Purple Star Advisory Board — formed by the Ohio department of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General — helps determine school eligibility.

“We are grateful for the individuals who serve in our nation’s armed forces, and we recognize the unique challenges students of military families face during their learning journeys. Our school communities are in a unique position to offer essential supports to ensure these students are prepared for success and their families are cared for and appreciated,” said Paolo DeMaria, State Superintendent of Instruction. “Today we recognize the schools showcasing these supports and inspiring all of us by their commitment to our military families.”

Among the requirements BCS had to meet to receive the Purple Star Award was designating a staff member to serve as a liaison between military-connected students, their families, and the school. The liaison is to inform teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations military families and students should receive. Bryan City Schools also had to establish a webpage (https://bryan.k12.oh.us/community/military_students___families) for military families, which provide resources necessary for attending public school.

Mrs. Karyn Cox, Director of Elementary Education, completed the BCS application process and worked with district educators. “Military students tend to be flexible and resilient and bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. It is important that teachers know how to support our military students and their needs. Our goal is for all military connected students to feel supported and to have an equal and fair opportunity for academic success. BCS is grateful to our service men and women who have served and are currently serving our country.”

Superintendent Mark Rairigh added, “this designation is humbling for the fact that BCS is so fortunate to be connected to so many great men and women who have served, or are currently serving, for our freedoms. We look forward to continuing to partner with these amazing heroes.”

More information regarding this designation can be found on the Ohio Department of Education’s webpage: Purple Star Designation | Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said, “Ohio’s military members and their families embody the ideals of service, sacrifice, and community. But they can’t do their jobs alone. The Purple Star Schools awarded today recognize the sacrifices military members and their loved ones make. These school communities have made a commitment to support them inside and outside the classroom. Purple Star Schools are shining examples of Ohioans working together, encouraging one another, caring for one another and, ultimately, creating a brighter future for our state.”