Teleah Bell-Davis is the Assistant Principal at Sheridan Elementary in the Tacoma Public Schools. She is a military spouse, dedicated mother, and lifelong learner who values family, education, and service!
Did you know that the average child in a military family will move six to nine times during a school career? That's an average of three times more frequently than non-military families. The Department of Defense sponsors the Month of the Military Child to honor military children and their families who make daily sacrifices for our country.
Supporting military children takes a school-wide effort, and professional development programs can help to inform school staff of the academic challenges that these children face. Throughout the month, we encourage schools to plan special events that applaud the resilience of military children. Also, consider incorporating the themes of this month into everyday school duties and activities. These types of efforts will highlight the importance of providing children with quality services to support them in navigating the celebrations and challenges of the military lifestyle.
The state of Washington serves over 136,000 military families in Tacoma, Everett, Spokane, Yakima, Pierce, Silverdale, and Whidbey Island.
Be sure that you “Purple Up” this April to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. And while you're at it, check out OSPI's website for a page full of great resources and information to support military-connected children.