Anderson Creek Academy students ‘Purple Up! For Military Kids’

By ERICA MORGAN
For the Record
Posted 4/27/22

Students and staff of Anderson Creek Academy observed "Purple Up! For Military Kids' around the flagpole to celebrate their “amazing, resilient military-connected children.”

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Anderson Creek Academy students ‘Purple Up! For Military Kids’

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Each year, April 15 is recognized as “Purple Up! For Military Kids,” a day to show support and to thank military children for their strength and sacrifices made each and every day.

Students and staff of Anderson Creek Academy observed this special day earlier this month and “Purple Up’ed” around the flagpole to celebrate their “amazing, resilient military-connected children.”

Dr. Mary Majors, head of the school, opened the ceremony with a moment of silence to honor all military-connected children. She recognized staff for their work in once again earning the Purple Star Award from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).   

Majors talked about a recent Twitter post made by Dr. Angie Mullennix, a military wife, mother, educator and director of innovation strategies, about a tragic accident and hospitalization she is handling. Mullenix was an integral part in Anderson Creek Academy’s first Purple Star Award. 

The post read, “In 3 weeks, I would be racing in Ironman, Texas. Life had other plans for me. I appreciate all the prayers, visits, etc. the past days. To be able to live to see my husband, kids, family, & friends means more than any race.”

Majors related these words to the ACA children, saying, “You, the children of ACA are what is most important to us as we join together today to remember all the military-connected children throughout the world, especially those in Ukraine, Poland and remote areas.”

In the inaugural year, Anderson Creek Academy was one of the four charter schools to receive the Purple Star Award in 2019-2020. This year, ACA is one of six North Carolina charter schools to receive the award along with Harnett County Schools.

Fifth-grade teacher Violet Finnie led the program beginning with her own experiences as a military child, military mother, and now teacher of military-connected children.

Finnie said as of Jan 31, 1.4 million are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, according to the Department of Defense. That means 0.4% of America’s population is active-duty military personnel.

“The color purple symbolizes all branches of the military,” Finnie said. “It is a combination of Army green, Marine red, and Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard (shades of blue). It is also ‘the last color of the rainbow and it means I will trust and love you for a long time,’ (a) quote from BTSD.”

Finnie said that everyone looked amazing in purple and thanked the military children and offered support on behalf of ACA. Finnie’s favorite color is purple and she is affectionately referred to as “the purple teacher.”

Teachers were encouraged to come up and speak to the military-connected children. Christina Laughlin,  Josie Terry, Jennifer Molly and Emily Russell shared their experiences as military families, and gave support and encouragement to the military-connected children.

Three scholars shared their thoughts on being a military-connected child.

“You rock!,” said Kyleigh Romines, a fifth-grader.

“My Dad is coming home!,” said Wyatt Wood, a first grader.

“Sometimes it is scary because you have to say goodbye when you don’t know when you get to see them again,” said Camryn Washington, a first-grader.

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