Two School Districts and Nine Schools Receive Purple Star Designation


The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) announced today the school districts and individual school buildings that earned the 2024 Missouri Purple Star designation — the third round of designees in this statewide program:

2024 Purple Star School Districts

  • Crocker R-II School District
  • Warren Co. R-III School District

2024 Purple Star Schools

  • Black Hawk Middle School (Warren Co. R-III)
  • Blair Oaks Middle School (Blair Oaks R-II)
  • Daniel Boone Elementary School (Warren Co. R-III)
  • Rebecca Boone Elementary School (Warren Co. R-III)
  • Eureka Senior High School (Rockwood School District)
  • Hopewell Academy Early Childhood Center (Warren Co. R-III)
  • Smith-Cotton High School (Sedalia School District 200)
  • Warrenton High School (Warren Co. R-III)
  • Warrior Ridge Elementary School (Warren Co. R-III)

“This program is just one way to reiterate our state’s commitment to our service members,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “As we kick off April as the Month of the Military Child, it is an honor to award these Purple Star designations. Each of the schools and districts works to support service members and their families in their local community, while also ensuring military children are prepared for success later in life.” 

The 2024 Purple Star designees are invited to be recognized at the Month of the Military Child Kickoff event at 10:00 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda on April 2, 2024, hosted by the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission and DESE.

The Purple Star School designation is awarded to military-friendly local education agencies (LEAs) that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military — including active duty, National Guard or Reserve members, and military veterans. LEAs that earn this designation will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite and on the school district (or individual school building) website.

To learn more about the criteria required to obtain this designation, visit DESE’s Missouri Purple Star Schools webpage.