Purple Star Military Child Program

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Here at Syracuse Arts Academy we strive to make every child's journey a memorable one. As a military child, transitioning to a new school can often present unique challenges. SAA was awarded the Purple Star School designation in April of 2021. Purple Star schools work tirelessly towards helping highly-mobile military children and  their families throughout their transition, during deployments or extended TDYs, and other challenges presented as part of the military way of life.  
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With Hill AFB nearby, we have a significant amount of military children attending our campuses. Those military children form our "Ready Reserves" Program. They are standing by to take your child under their wing as they arrive at our school. 

Ready Reserves

As your child transitions to SAA, members of the Ready Reserves, a Student-led program, will give your child a tour of the facility, escort them to class their first week, eat lunch with them, and help them find the answers they need. We hope to build this program and offer events in the future! 

We recognize the challenges military children can face during their parents' careers. We realize that understanding and empathizing for their needs requires skills that often go beyond training provided as an educator. SAA will be implementing Purple Star Professional Development for all staff so that each and every employee understands the demands and challenges military children often face. 

Our school holds a very special Veterans Day program every year that we invite you to attend. All children at SAA participate in this wonderful program. We hope you can witness the powerful, beautiful spectacle that it is.

Resources
There are several resources available to you that we want to ensure you have access to: 
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
Blue Star Families
Wounded Warrior Project

Important Contacts for the Purple Star Program:
Lynne Owens
Syracuse Arts Academy Purple Star Military Liaison
lowens@saacharter.org
801-827-0540 ext 1112

Leslie Flynn
Hill AFB School Liaison
leslie.flynn@us.af.mil
801-775-5960