Purple Reigned at Olympic View Elementary

If you were seeing purple at Olympic View Elementary last month, it was no accident. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. On April 15, Olympic View celebrated “Purple Up! for Military Kids Day.” The day recognizes the contributions military families make to the nation and local community and is part of April’s recognition as the Month of the Military Child. Principal Gloria McKearney held a brief ceremony on the blacktop at the beginning of school for grades K – 6, parents, and friends.

Olympic View Elementary serves more than 150 students from military families.

As part of the ceremony, Safety Patrol members Paraded the Colors, attendees recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and sang the Star Spangled Banner and You Are a Grand Old Flag. Ms. McKearney told the students that wearing purple is a way to thank, honor, and to recognize the many contributions and sacrifices military kids make to our country as members of a military family. Chula Vista City Councilman John McCann, whose daughter, Kennedy, attends Olympic View, addressed the students and told them how proud he was of them. Grief, loneliness and immense sadness are common emotions military kids experience when their parent is deployed. Yet, military kids are resilient and carry on.

–Courtesy of Olympic View Elementary

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