Purple Star School Progam Proclamation

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 10:27 am

EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CREATE THE ARKANSAS PURPLE STAR SCHOOL PROGRAM

WHEREAS, more than 14,000 Arkansans exhibit profound courage and selflessness by serving in the armed forces; and

WHEREAS, more than 5,200 military children attend public school in the State of Arkansas; and

WHEREAS, military families live and work in every county in the State of Arkansas; and 

WHEREAS, military children face unique challenges related to military transitions and parental deployment; and

WHEREAS, military children and their families serve as an essential source of support and encouragement for armed service members; and

WHEREAS, military children should be acknowledged and supported for the sacrifices they make and celebrated for the courage they display as the children of our nation’s armed service members; and

WHEREAS, public schools are uniquely situated to support military children and their families;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of Arkansas, do hereby create the Governor’s Purple Star School Program to recognize schools that maintain a school culture supportive of military children.

FURTHERMORE, I order the following:

  1. The Arkansas Council for Military Children is charged with administering the program.  The Council shall establish criteria for the award and shall be responsible for monitoring and reporting on the status of the Purple Star School Program.

  1. The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Shall assist the Council with publicizing Purple Star Schools.