Military Family Resources

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At Cherry Run Elementary School, we take pride in supporting and honoring our military families who serve our country with dedication and sacrifice. We understand the unique challenges that military families face, which is why we have implemented various initiatives to show our support and appreciation. Here are some ways we support military families:

Purple Up Club: Our Purple Up Club is a group that brings together both military-affiliated and non-military-affiliated students. Meeting once a month, members of the club collaborate to plan events and activities aimed at fostering a sense of community and support. From organizing our annual Veterans Day and Purple Up event to brainstorming ideas for strengthening connections within our school, the Purple Up Club plays a vital role in promoting unity and understanding among our students.

Purple Up Event: In April, as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child, our school comes together for our annual Purple Up event. This vibrant occasion is open to the entire Cherry Run Elementary School community and features a plethora of activities and entertainment. From temporary tattoos to cake walks, obstacle courses, rock decorating, and enjoying delicious pizza, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The Purple Up event serves as a fun-filled way to show our appreciation for military families while strengthening bonds within our school community.

Veterans Day Event: Each year, we host a heartfelt Veterans Day event to honor the brave men and women who have served in the military. Families are invited to join us in the morning before school starts for a warm gathering complete with coffee, pastries, and a touching slideshow featuring photos from our military community. Additionally, we often have the privilege of hosting special performances, such as the Air Force band, to further commemorate this significant day.

At Cherry Run Elementary School, we are committed to providing unwavering support and gratitude to our military families. Through initiatives like the Purple Up Club, Veterans Day event, and Purple Up event, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all families feel valued and supported.

Academic Planning

Moving to Fairfax County and Fairfax County Public Schools, you will join one of the nation's premier public-school districts. Our academic standards are high, and our programs are rigorous.  For general information on academic programs, visit the Academic Planning for Military Families page. For specific information on Cherry Run Elementary academic programs, visit our Cherry Run Academics page.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Families

Fairfax County Public Schools and the State of Virginia work hard to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents.

Preparing your Move from Fairfax County

Time to move to your next post, view resources to help prepare you for your move

Supporting Transitions for Military Families

To help make your transition easier, the Department of Defense provides School Liaison Officers who serve as the primary point of contact for PreK – 12th grade school-related matters. School Liaison Officers offer an array of services and resources to support students, parents, installation leadership, schools, and the surrounding community. They inform parents about local schools, graduation requirements, afterschool programs, homeschooling and much more. School Liaison Officers are located at each installation to help address common education challenges of military families. Contact a Fort Belvoir School Liaison for assistance or use the Military Installation School Liaison Contacts webpage to find a School Liaison Officer in other communities.


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