Story by Sonja Bailes
No matter their school colors, students across Bossier Parish will display unity and show support for their peers who are military dependents by wearing purple Friday.
April is “Month of the Military Child” and Bossier Schools has declared April 25 as “Purple Up Day.” Students, faculty and staff across the district being encouraged to wear purple.
“Our goal with ‘Purple Up Day’ is to give voice to the thousands of military children not only in Bossier Parish, but in Louisiana as well,” said Georgette Price, Military Student Transition Consultant for Bossier Schools. “By wearing purple in their honor, we are saying ‘we know you make sacrifices as well as your parents and we are grateful for those sacrifices.”
In addition, Cope Middle School’s Military Club is hosting a “Purple Up Day” ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the school gymnasium. A Governor’s Proclamation will be read by Louisiana State Representative Henry Burns, a number of military dignitaries and officials will be making remarks and members of Cope’s Band and Choir will be performing patriotic music. The public is invited to attend.
“So many military kids face challenges and make sacrifices that can disrupt their education. Being a military child myself, I’ve experienced the challenges of relocating as well as the sacrifice of having a parent deployed,” said Seth Gander, a student at Cope. “The Cougars would like to invite you to come celebration ‘Purple Up Day’ with us to recognize the sacrifices that children of military families experience.”