MIC3 Announces Montana’s Purple Star Schools
December 3, 2020
HELENA- The Montana Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3) announced today that it has awarded Purple Star status to five Montana schools at its November meeting. Purple Star recognition is awarded to schools that go above and beyond to provide inclusive environments for active military families.
The schools awarded this year are Loy Elementary, North Middle School, and CMR High school all in Great Falls as well as Glacier High School in Kalispell and Valley Christian School in Missoula. This is the first year that Montana has instituted Purple Star recognition which is a national effort.
“I want to thank Montana’s 2020 Purple Star schools for their support of our state’s servicemen and women’s families,” Superintendent Arntzen said Thursday. “The children of our military families make many sacrifices and our school systems are working towards doing everything possible to support their education.”
“The purpose of the Purple Star program is to recognize the sons and daughters of military families. These schools are honoring these families and their service. Many of them have had multiple assignments all over the country and world. Schools are acknowledging these families and understanding their background. I hope communities will support them and recognize them as well. As someone who has spent a long career in the military and taught at Department of Defense schools in Germany, I know what these families go through. I want to thank the moms, dads, and families of the military. There is no higher calling of public service.”-Compact Commissioner Hal Stearns
The MIC3 was adopted by the Montana Legislature in 2013 as part of the national Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families. Retired Brigadier General Hal Stearns serves as the Compact Commissioner and Superintendent Arntzen serves as the Commission Chair. Other members include Mark Beckman with the MHSA, Michelle Bogden with the National Guard, Montana Representative Ed Buttrey, Lisa Saff with Malmstrom Air Force Base, and Great Falls Schools Superintendent Tom Moore.
CONTACT: Dylan Klapmeier
Montana Office of Public Instruction