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During the month of April, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) and school systems across the country honor the courage and resiliency of military-connected children by celebrating, “Purple Up” month. Purple is the appropriate color to recognize military children from all branches, because it represents a combination of Army green, Marine Corps red, and blue from the Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy.

Review a letter from the State Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Michele Blatt.

View the 2024 Month of the Military Child and Purple Up for Military Kids Day proclamation from the Office of the Governor.

In West Virginia, Common Ground Partners including the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia National Guard’s Child and Youth Program encourage schools to celebrate Spirit Week from April 15 – 19, with April 19th being designated as “Purple Up” day. If there are reasons a school cannot celebrate Spirit Week or “Purple Up” day on the 19th, the school may select more convenient dates of their choosing during the month of April.

Educators can use the resources below to join in on the celebrations and contact Mrs. Electa Crowder at ecrowder@k12.wv.us or Mr. Robert Mellace at rmellace@k12.wv.us with questions

When designing communications for celebrating in West Virginia:

  • Purple Up Month is April (you may celebrate “Purple Up” day on April 19, 2024, or any other day in April)
  • Spirit Week is April 15-19, 2024:
    • Download the West Virginia Spirit Week Poster, display it in the building and communicate with students, parents and guardians.
    • Monday, April 15, 2024 – Military Monday – Wear clothing showing pride in your favorite branch of the military.
    • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 – Crazy Camo Day – Wear your favorite camouflaged clothing.
    • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 – Red, White, and Blue Day – Wear colors representing our nation’s flag.
    • Thursday, April 18, 2024 – RED Day – Wear red to Remember Everyone Deployed.
    • Friday, April 19, 2024 – “Purple Up” Day – Join communities across our state and nation in honoring military-connected children by wearing purple (a mix of all military branch colors) and engage in activities celebrating their strength and resiliency.

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Purple Up Month Celebration Ideas for Schools


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