Purple Start

    David Smith Elementary School supports the many military families that live in our community.  As a school, we understand and value the unique situations that our students face every day.  We want every military family to know that we are here to support them, encourage them and to give them resources they need for success.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school counselor or administrator for additional support and assistance.  

    Our school also recognizes and supports our military and military families in many ways including:

    - Veteran's Day Assemblies held at Hayes and throughout the school district.

    Professional development regarding special considerations for military students and their families was included during a staff meeting or workshop.

    - Our school website with a link for military families and students to provide resources and agencies for support. 

    - Our recently established Smith Military Family Networking Database used to help families of similar military backgrounds within the community. 

    Helpful Links for Military Families:

    The Purple Star Award-For military-friendly schools-recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation's military.  Schools that earn the award will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite.

    Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)-The mission of MCEC is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments, and family separation.

    Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission-The Compact provides information addressing key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility, and graduation.

    Ohio Military Youth and Family Events Calendar - A listing of Ohio military youth activities and camps compiled by the Ohio Adjutant General's Department.

    Ohio Family Readiness and Warrior Support ProgramThe Family Readiness and Warrior Support programs are designed to teach Ohio's Service Members and Families to be "good fishermen" - knowledgeable, aware of resources, adaptable, and networked to succeed and grow from the experiences unique to military culture.  In addition to providing information, the programs provide a platform to meet and relate to other Service Members and Families who understand the challenges and experiences of military life - and the challenges of facing our geographically dispersed force.

    Military One Source-A central hub for the military community.  Provides information about military benefits, deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more.

    Ohio Military Kids-A support network for military youth who experience a loved one's deployment.  Provides recreational, social, and educational programs for military youth in civilian communities geographically dispersed throughout the state.

    Delaware County Veterans Services-Assists in making applications for benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) emergency financial assistance and information and guidance in obtaining aid from various federal, state, and local organizations.

    ODE-Supporting Ohio's Military Families-Information on a number of Ohio programs to assist military families