Districts are encouraged to celebrate April as the Month of the Military Child

The Maine Department of Education is encouraging local school districts and the greater education community to celebrate the Month of the Military Child in April this year by participating in any of the following ways.

In coordination with the National MIC3 Council, on April 9th the Department encourages students to create posters either thanking military children and their parents for their service, or if a student has parents in the military, they can create a poster that reflects their experience as military child.

In addition to having students create posters, the Department is also encouraging education communities and students to “Purple Up” for military children on April 9th (or another day that makes sense for each individual community). Purple Up refers to wearing the color purple for the day to recognize and celebrate the Month of the Military Child. With the permission of participants, we encourage local schools to take a group picture and post it on social media. When posting pictures, if you tag Maine DOE’s official Facebook  and/or Twitter page and we will share your picture with our social media audiences.

In addition, this month on April 17th, military children will be Legislative Pages for both Maine State Senate and House Chambers. For those that work, visit and plan on being present at the Maine State House building on April 17th, please Purple Up to show your support. We also encourage all Maine DOE staff and legislators to Purple Up in support of military children on this day.

For further questions and information on how to participate in the Month of the Military child please contact Maine DOE Military Family Education Liaison, Tyler Backus at Tyler.Backus@maine.gov.