Charleston, West Virginia – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) paid special attention to its military partners during its April meeting in Charleston today. WVBE issued a resolution recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child and reaffirmed its continued support for Common Ground, a partnership of military and community organizations that focuses on the success of all students and promotes assistance for military-connected families in the schools.
During the meeting, the WVBE heard a presentation highlighting some of the activities and initiatives taking place to recognize the important collaborative relationships between the military and West Virginia schools. These include:
- The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) has launched the Veterans in the Classroom Web Page as an online resource to provide military veterans with a path to obtain a teaching license and become a classroom educator.
- Participating schools across the state will host ceremonies recognizing students who have committed to serve in the US Armed Forces during the state’s inaugural Military Signing Week, April 25-29.
- Common Ground Partnership will announce the second class of Purple Star Award schools in West Virginia. The Purple Star Award is a designation given to schools that show a special commitment to supporting military children and their families.
“Recognizing our military-connected families in our schools gives us even greater insight to serve each individual student to ensure their success,” said WVBE President Miller Hall. “The Common Ground Partnership will remain steadfast in our efforts to support students as they graduate from high school and prepare for college and a career.”