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Three BPS Schools Earn Purple Star School of Distinction

On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, three BPS schools were recognized by Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education as Purple Star Schools of Distinction. 


Congratulations to Cocoa Beach Jr. / Sr. High, Holland Elementary, and Quest Elementary. 


The Purple Star School of Distinction Designation, established by the Florida Legislature (House Bill 429) and signed into law in June 2021, recognizes schools that support the unique needs of military families. Florida is committed to being the most military‐friendly state in the nation, and this program helps students as they relocate to new schools due to a parent’s change in duty station. 


A Purple Star School of Distinction supports military families through the implementation of activities such as:

  • Highlighting annual military recognition events, e.g., Month of the Military Child, Month of the Military Family, Purple-Up! for Military Kids, Veterans Day and Memorial Day;
  • Publicizing support for military students and families;
  • Providing opportunities for active-duty parents to volunteer at the school;
  • Participating in one or more service projects that connect the school with the military community; and
  • Offering the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program.

The schools will maintain their designation as a Purple Star School of Distinction for three school years.