April is recognized nationally as the Month of the Military Child, where we honor the sacrifices of our military children and recognize the unique challenges of their lives.  Georgia is home to the fifth largest state population of military and we have military children in all of our counties.

During April, Purple Up Day is used as a day to hold programs and events in honor of military children. Wearing the color purple is a visible way to show support and thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Marine Red, and Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy blue. The goal of “Purple Up!” is for military youth to actually SEE the support in their school, youth groups, and the community!

Purple Up Day can be held any day in April to meet the needs of your community and schools.  Nationally, Purple Up! Day is celebrated on 15 April.

School Celebration Ideas

  • Arrange for military students to lead the school in the morning pledge; allow the opportunity for each student to state their name, parent’s name & number of years of service their parent has in the military
  • Ask your school administrators, staff, teachers and students to wear purple on Purple Up Day
  • Invite news and media outlets to feature a story about Month of the Military Child events
  • Create a school drive to collect items to donate to deployed service members
  • Have a rally or assembly to recognize military students; release purple balloons
  • Have students write letters or assemble care packages to send to deployed troops
  • Implement a “wall of heroes”; ask students and faculty to bring in pictures of family members that are currently serving or have served in our armed forces
  • Conduct school wide art and essay contests themed “Military Families Serve Too”
  • Conduct a Military Parent breakfast / lunch where military parents are invited to join their children

Resources

For more information & additional resources contact us at oper4H@uga.edu, (706) 542.4444.