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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Pioneer Pride: Purple up for our kids in military

  • As the home to many military families serving on Fort Leavenworth and around the world, the Leavenworth Unified School District has the unique opportunity to positively interact with both active and retired service members and their families.
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  • As the home to many military families serving on Fort Leavenworth and around the world, the Leavenworth Unified School District has the unique opportunity to positively interact with both active and retired service members and their families.
    Over the years our district has fostered a strong, healthy relationship with both the local and international military community. We benefit immeasurably from the many contributions from the military community and especially our military families.
    The high school's JROTC battalion is nearly 350 strong currently, each year members of the LHS graduating senior class are selected to attend military service academies, and 35 Leavenworth High School graduates have gone on to attain the rank of general in the armed forces, to name a few.
    Additionally, staff, administrators, school counselors, and fellow students celebrate the diversity of the student population by welcoming incoming students who are children of active military members, including those of international military officers attending the Command and General Staff College. Connections are made as quickly as possible with incoming students at each school to provide a smooth transition for the military student.
    It's not uncommon for a student to attend grade school in Leavenworth Public Schools, leave, and then later return to Leavenworth. Children of military service members have to overcome many challenges, including lengthy deployments of one, or in some cases both, parents. They are also faced with the reality that they are constantly on the move, making it challenging to make friends and establish roots in one community. The average military child will attend six to nine different school systems in their lives from kindergarten to 12th grade.
    We will never be able to adequately express in word or deed our gratitude and untiring admiration for the sacrifices made by our military and their families on behalf of our country. In a very small way of honoring these sacrifices, please join us in celebrating our military children by wearing purple on April 12.
    April is recognized as the month of the military child and, across the nation, April 12 is designated as "Purple Up! For Military Kids."
    Please join us next Friday by wearing purple to show your support of Leavenworth's military kids and to thank them for their strength and sacrifices.
    Submitted by the Leavenworth School District.

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