By 1808Delaware; Ohio Department of Education

On Monday, when the Ohio Department of Education announced the 263 Ohio schools part of the list of new and renewed Purple Star designations for members of the Class of 2022, Delaware County was exceedingly well represented.

24 local schools were included in this year’s class.

As shared by the Department, “Purple Star schools show a significant commitment to serving students and families connected to the nation’s armed forces. Ninety-four Ohio schools received the esteemed award for the first time, and 169 schools earned a renewal after three years as dedicated Purple Star Schools.Ohio is now home to 431 active Purple Star schools that dedicate time and support to students in military families. All awardees meet the unique social, emotional and academic needs of Ohio’s military-connected youth. To qualify for the award, schools choose a school-based staff person to serve as a liaison between military families and the school. These liaisons complete professional development, identify military-connected students and facilitate supports throughout the school community for identified students and families. Purple Star schools also participate in at least one supportive activity each year. The Purple Star Class of 2022 includes schools that host monthly military kids club meetings, professional learning for all educators on the unique considerations for serving military-connected students and schoolwide celebrations honoring military students and families.” Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings.

While new schools are added each year, already-listed schools continue the designation for three years, after which renewal can be sought.

The following Delaware County schools were named as new Purple Star schools and can now display the recognition for the first time:

Delaware Area Career Center

Conger Elementary, Smith Elementary, Ervin Carlisle Elementary – Delaware City Schools

Olentangy Liberty High School, Shale Meadows Elementary School – Olentangy Local Schools

The following Delaware County schools have been renewed as a part of the Purple Star Class of 2022:

Delaware Hayes High School – Delaware

Buckeye Valley West Elementary School, Buckeye Valley High School, Buckeye Valley Middle School – Buckeye Valley Local Schools

Big Walnut Intermediate School, Big Walnut Elementary School, Big Walnut High School – Big Walnut Local School

Ohio Connections Academy, Berkshire Middle School, Wyandot Run Elementary School, Cheshire Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Olentangy Berlin High School, Oak Creek Elementary School, Liberty Tree Elementary School, Scioto Ridge Elementary School, Olentangy Orange High School – Olentangy Local Schools

Westerville Central High School – Westerville City Schools

The announcement of the Purple Star Class of 2022 is part of Ohio’s participation in the national celebration of the Month of the Military Child. April was first chosen as the Month of the Military Child by the United States Department of Defense in 1986 to increase public knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding children who have a parent in the military. For more resources to help schools and communities recognize the Month of the Military Child, visit the Military Child Education Coalition’s Month of the Military Child website.

ed to the Ohio Department of Education’s Purple Star Award and initiatives supporting military families, visit the Purple Star Designation webpage or email

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