Two schools in the East Central Educational Service Center region were named Purple Star Schools by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently: North Decatur Jr./Sr. High School and Muncie Community Schools.
The IDOE announced 35 newly-designated Purple Star schools. This designation is awarded to schools in honor of their significant display of commitment to service members, veterans and students and families connected to our nation’s military.
In Indiana, schools receiving the Purple Star designation must meet the following criteria:
- Assigned point of contact for military families
- Training requirement for point of contact
- Dedicated webpage
- Annual military program (e.g., Veterans Day, 9/11, etc.)
- Public military display
- School Board resolution publicizing support for military students and families
- Employment of military service members and their immediate family members
“In Indiana, we are especially thankful for our state’s commitment to our service members,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “This Veterans Day, it is an honor to award an additional 35 schools with the Purple Star designation. These schools work year-round to honor our service members and their families, as well as prepare students to pursue their dreams after high school, including the pursuit of enlistment leading to service.”
Schools awarded the Purple Star designation in 2021 join 60 schools awarded with Indiana’s inaugural Purple Star designation in 2020. The designation is valid for three years.