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The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) along with other states and organizations across the country in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child – a time to honor the strength and sacrifices of military children. State School Superintendent Richard Woods is asking that each district designates a day or week to wear purple and honor the children of military families in Georgia’s public schools.

This nationally recognized awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. Nationwide, there are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million military children are school-aged.

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“There are more than 30,000 children of military families in Georgia’s public schools,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Nothing could be more important than recognizing and honoring them. We owe our freedom to the sacrifices of these families and, as the child of a military family myself, I want to express my gratitude and respect. It takes dedication and resolve to keep working hard in school in the face of all the challenges and transitions of military life. We at the Georgia Department of Education remain committed to providing the support our military students and families need.”

Find resources on the Month of the Military Child here.

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Jeremy Spencer is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden  and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus will be local news, statewide education issues, and political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as a education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.

Jeremy grew up in rural Southern Georgia and he has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, and a state education official.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 16 years and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family attend Christ Church Camden in Kingsland, GA.