April – officially designated as the Month of the Military Child – is always a special month for Madison City Schools, but April 2022 was AMAZING! Our district proudly joined the Alabama State Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and America’s entire military community in celebrating the 35th annual Month of the Military Child. Our military families make many sacrifices to ensure the many freedoms we enjoy. The least we can do is commit to taking care of their children while they take care of us. Of course, growing up in the military has many unique benefits, but the Madison City School Board knows that these students also face many unique challenges that are rarely experienced by their civilian peers. To read a copy of the resolution signed by the School Board on April 7, 2022, click HERE.
One in four MCS students is military-connected, and more than 400 of our students have one or more parents in the United States Uniformed Services. The Month of the Military Child is our time to applaud local military families, and we have had fun underscoring the vital and important role military families have in our district, our state, our nation, and our world.
But what made April 2022 AMAZING? Madison City Schools became a PURPLE STAR DISTRICT on April 14, 2022! That’s right! The Alabama Purple Star Schools Program and Committee, established by the Alabama Legislature, recognized the military student and family support provided by our schools – largely through our Student-to-Student (S2S) clubs – and the committee awarded a Purple Star to every single MCS school. We were honored and further inspired in a ceremony on April 15, 2022.
To learn more about the Purple Star School Program click HERE.
Pictured are JCHS senior Callie Scroggins and Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols. Miss Scroggins, a military kid, eloquently described how S2S positively influenced a former classmate who went on to become a dear friend after they met as a result of S2S.