Purple Up - Supporting Military Children
More than 10,000 Iowa children have a loved one serving in the military, according to Governor Branstad’s proclamation for Purple Up Day, the 15th of April 2017. Southeast Polk Community School District has many families and children that have a member of their family proudly serving in one of the US military branches.
Military children face many challenges unique to their situation, like having parents deployed for long periods of time. Deployments and family separations can be stressful times for children.
Many Iowa military families live in rural areas and they are separated from military installations where services are traditionally provided to military members and their families. This makes it all the more important that our military children find support within their communities.
Rather than using terms like Army green, Marine red, Air Force blue, Navy or Coast Guard blue, "Purple" was adopted from military organizations when referring to a unified effort that does not belong to a specific military branch.
Please join us in recognizing the children of our military servicemen and women.
Altoona Elementary: Friday, April 21
Delaware Elementary: Wednesday, April 19
Runnells Elementary: Tuesday, April 25
Willowbrook Elementary: Wednesday, April 19
High School: Thursday, April 27