The Purple Star Award is a designation assigned to schools which display a special commitment to supporting military children and their families. Common Ground Partners review applications and the West Virginia Department of Education issues awards to schools meeting the award’s eligibility criteria. Schools receiving the award are issued an official certificate and additional electronic materials which may be used to pridefully display their status as a military-friendly school throughout the building. This award contributes to our partnership‘s efforts to build strong bonds between schools, military service members, and community organizations which meet the specialized needs of our children and enhance the success of all students. To learn how your school may become designated as a Purple Star School for a three-year period, please review the application below or contact WVDE Coordinator, Mr. Robert Mellace at or 304.558.3119.

Review a National Study of the Purple Star School Designation Program from Columbia University.

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Applications for the first class of the Purple Star Award will be accepted from April 15, 2021 – November 12, 2021. Upon review and approval by Common Ground Partners, schools deemed eligible to receive the award will be recognized during the month of December 2021. To apply, please complete the application below and submit all required documentation. If you encounter issues with the application process, please contact Mr. Robert Mellace at or 304-558-3119.

Purple Star Award Application

One mandatory requirement for receiving the Purple Star Award is for the applicant to identify one school staff member as the military family point of contact. This ensures that at least one caring adult at the school is assigned to address the specialized needs of military-connected children. This individual receives training, reviewing the video below and passing the required quiz with a score of 100%.

Disclaimer: The Purple Star Award is issued by the West Virginia Department of Education and is not a national MIC3 initiative.

One of the optional military support activities identified on the Purple Star Award application is that the county school board may pass a resolution publicizing information about the school system’s support for military students and families. School boards seeking examples of resolutions for enhancing collaboration with military organizations and providing supports to military families may use or modify the following documents to fit their needs and plans.

The first class of Purple Star Award recipients will be announced during December of 2021:

SchoolCountyName of the Military Family Point of ContactName of the PrincipalAward Period
Sample School NameSample County NameSample Military Family Point of Contact NameSample Principal Namemm/yyyy - mm/yyyy

NOTE: Applications for award renewal may be received up to seven months in advance for the continuation of a school’s status.