CENTRAL TEXAS (FOX 44) – Several Central Texas area schools have been recognized by Governor Greg Abbott for exceptional commitment to supporting and meeting the needs of military-connected students and their families.

These schools have been awarded the Purple Star Campus Designation for their work.

“Texas proudly supports the brave men and women of our U.S. military and their families and that includes the nearly 200,000 military-connected students attending public schools across our state,” said Governor Abbott. “I signed a law in 2019 establishing the Purple Star Campus Designation program to encourage Texas public schools to expand resources and tools available on their campuses to help them meet the unique educational needs of military-connected students and their families. Together, we are giving back to our brave military families and paving the way for a brighter future for all Texas students.”

“We recognize the challenges military-connected students often face when transitioning schools, and by fostering an environment that embraces their unique experiences, these schools are creating a nurturing atmosphere where every individual student can thrive,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath. “Campuses with a Purple Star Designation let military families know that they are dedicated to providing the best quality educational experience for their children while in Texas public schools.”

To receive the Purple Star Campus Designation, schools must designate a campus-based military liaison, create and maintain an easily accessible webpage that includes information for military-connected students and their families, institute a campus transition program for military-connected students and support a military family assistance initiative. All Texas public schools are eligible to receive a Purple Star Campus Designation regardless of their military-connected student population size. Applications for the designation are accepted annually.

Area schools receiving the designation included:

  • Crossroads High School – Copperas Cove ISD
  • Montague Village Elementary School – Killeen ISD
  • Robert M Shoemaker High School – KISD
  • Timber Ridge Elementary School – KISD
  • Cedar Valley Elementary School – KISD
  • Iduma Elementary School – KISD
  • Nolanville Elementary School – KISD
  • Willow Springs Elementary School – KISD
  • Pathways Academic Campus – KISD
  • Lampasas Middle School – Lampasas ISD