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Military Kids Celebrated

As part of the Month of the Military Child, Wilson Hall commemorated “Purple Up! For Military Kids” on April 15 as students and faculty wore purple to show support for military children. On the hallway bulletin boards were world maps with pin drops of all the places the students have lived while their parents have served the country; they have lived in nine countries and 29 states. Approximately 20% of the student body is associated with the military. Mrs. Day Caughman, School Counselor, coordinated the project. 

Purple Up for Our Military Students

Military Student Support

In collaboration with the PTO, Wilson Hall provides support and appreciation to our military families and, especially, our students. Mrs. Day Caughman, School Counselor, is the faculty point of contact for military students and families. 

Support and Resources
-Provide individual, group, and family counseling as helpful. 
-Provide a list of resources for military families to access locally and nationally.

Month of the Military Child (April) 
-Honor Military Children during April “Month of the Military Child” with a Purple Up day where students wear purple on the national day (notes, emails, announcements, photos and posters).
-Provide purple ribbons to faculty and students on purple up day. 
-Produce art projects during lower school art class honoring military children and bulletin board displays.
-Posters around school during April.
-Highlight in the Whole Baron Newsletter with resources. 
-Send ideas to teachers to incorporate in their classrooms as appropriate. 
-Maps with push pins on which students indicate where they have lived.

Deployed Family Support
-Bi-monthly updated record of students with deployed parents. Teachers and school are informed of these families as appropriate and offered support by both teachers and faculty/support staff. 
-PTO sponsored goodie bags for students with deployed parents.

Peer Connection and Support
-Create a system with students who volunteer as peer mentors as needed. Allow students to volunteer as mentors, at least one in lower, middle and high school.
-Provide opportunities for mentors to meet with students for support. 

Military Appreciation 
Each fall a varsity football game is designated for Military Appreciation.

PTO Representation
The Military Representative serves a one-year term on the PTO Board of Directors.

Military Family Resources

Military OneSource: Military OneSource is by your side with support and resources for every step of your parenting journey.  This comprehensive website provides guides, benefits, resources, products, articles, and access to expert guidance for military families. Follow the link for more information: Military One Source

Shaw Air Force Base / Military Family Support Center: Military OneSource provides specific resources to Shaw Air Force Base.  Follow the link for more information: Shaw Air Force Base

Military Child Education Coalition:  MCEC supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle. This website extensively addresses education related topics for military children. Follow the link for more information: Military Child for US Military and Their Families: No cost, online tutoring and homework help 24/7. Follow the link for more information: Military Tutor

Military Support / City of Sumter: Access local resources, partnerships, and guides local to our Sumter Community. Follow the link for more information: Sumter Military Support

Force Support / 20th FSS / Welcome to Shaw: Force Support provides for the physical, cultural, and social needs and general well-being of military members and their families, providing community support systems that make Air Force bases hometowns for a mobile military population. Follow the link for more information: Force Support