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PURPLE STAR-INFORMATION FOR MILITARY CONNECTED FAMILIES

Big Walnut is Committed to Supporting Our Military Families 

In an effort to better support students of military members in our community, Big Walnut Local Schools works to identify and inform teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations and resources they should receive.  Military family members can contact the military liaison for their child's school with any questions.  

 

Big Walnut Military School Liaisons

Each building has a military liaison that serves as the direct point of contact for their military connected families. Please contact the building military liaison with any questions regarding Big Walnut Purple Star Families and the support that can be provided.


Purple Star Committee: 2022-2023

Building

Administrator

Building Rep

Building Rep

BWHS

Jim Hall and Brian Shelton

Carol Burchett

Michelle Sherbourne

BWMS

Josh Frame

Matt Cox

Koby Donohue

BWI

Sarah Sandrock

Danielle Lyons

Mike Wion

BWE

Lauren Heitkamp

Becky Pyles

Sarah Badger

GRE

Ginna Crawford

Kristin Giraud

Whitney Hoge

PRE

Kim Castiglione

Sarah Nealon

Heather Smith

SOU

Amanda Statler

Amy Mix

Casandra Nigl

ELC

Katie Yeager

Lauren Marter



Purple Star Family Identification Form

Is someone in your immediate family active in the military or reserves?  If so, please complete the Purple Star Family Identification Form.  Your building liaison will be in touch to tell you all the ways Big Walnut Local Schools can and will support your family.  


Purple Star Events: 2022-2023

  • February 10th:   Purple Star Basketball Dinner - come be our guest at a catered dinner with family activities prior to being honored at the Boy Basketball game.

  • April 11 - 14:  Purple Up Spirit Week -  We will celebrate military families by holding a spirit week across Big Walnut.  April 14th is the day we will pain the schools purple by wearing a specially designed Purple Up t-shirt !




General Resources


Family Resources

Ohio Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program- a resource to help families grow and succeed from experiences unique to the military culture and a platform to meet and relate to other Service Members and Families. 


Military One Source- your central hub and go-to place for the military community to prepare for deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement, and more. 


Delaware County Veterans Services- provides services for qualified veterans including, assistance in benefits application, emergency financial assistance, guidance in obtaining aid from federal, state, and local organizations, benefits application upon the death of a veteran, and referrals to other agencies for assistance. 


ODE Supporting Ohio’s Military Families- Ohio offers a number of programs to assist Ohio’s military families during frequent moves and family separations during deployment as well as reintegration. 


American Red Cross- provides emergency communication for military families, financial assistance, referral services, deployment support and services.


Veterans Crisis Line #1-800-273-8255- connects veterans and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline #1-800-273-8255, online chat, or text 838255. 


Real Warriors- a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans, and military families coping with invisible wounds. 


National Military Family Association (NMFA)- the “go to” source for administration officials, members of congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families as we stand behind those who serve. 



Resources for Children

Our Military Kids- nonprofit organization created to provide support and recognition to military children, 3 years through the 12 grade, through grants that pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs. 


Sesame Workshop- provides much-needed support and practical education for the youngest members of our military families with “Talk, Listen, Connect”, an outreach initiative to help kids through deployment, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. 


Ohio Military Kids- supports the youth of military families by educating the public on the impact of deployment on a service members’ children, families, and communities through awareness building and educational training with schools and community organizations. 


Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission- uses a comprehensive approach to address key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation. 





Educational Resources

Ohio Higher Education for veterans- the University System of Ohio has taken proactive steps to better serve those who have served our country by helping veterans, service members, and their families achieve college degrees.\


Military Impacted Schools Association- useful links for military families and educator resources 


Folds of Honor- provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled service members. 


Top Military Friendly Colleges


Best Scholarships for Current Military and Veterans


Best Scholarships for Military Dependents




Employment  Resources

Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)- promotes employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members. 




Pet Resources

Pets for Vets: “healing vets and saving pets- connects military veterans with rescued animals and creating second chances and new beginnings.


365 Pet Insurance- Website for pet parents who are in the military or military veterans.




Miscellaneous Resources

MYMOVE.COM

Purple Star Designation

Purple Star Award Designation
The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. 
 

The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and the Adjutant General selected Big Walnut High School, Big Walnut Middle School, Big Walnut Intermediate, Big Walnut Elementary, General Rosecrans Elementary, Hylen Souders Elementary, Prairie Run Elementary and the Big Walnut Early Learning Center as Purple Star designees.