Military Resources

The Ohio Department of Education is proud to announce that 165 Ohio schools received Purple Star designations as members of the Purple Star Class of 2023. Purple Star schools show a significant commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. Eighty-eight Ohio schools received the esteemed award for the first time and 77 schools earned a renewal after three years as dedicated Purple Star Schools.

Congratulations to Whiteoak Jr./Sr. High School for being awarded the Purple Star Award!

Whiteoak is committed to serving military-connected students and families.

From the Ohio Department of Education:

Future Forward Ohio, the state’s strategic priorities for education, recognizes the importance of overcoming obstacles to learning. To be successful in school and when transitioning between school settings, Ohio’s military-connected youth require supports to ensure their unique social, emotional and academic needs are met. The Purple Star award your school is receiving signifies your school’s demonstrated commitment to serving these students and families.

Ohio’s Purple Star Advisory Board established a set of important criteria that schools must meet to be considered for a Purple Star designation. It gives me great pride to announce that your school meets these criteria.

Mr. Iles reported

We are so excited to receive this award. It is with great pride that Whiteoak JH/HS honor and support those who protect our freedoms. It is nice to see the alumni on the Military Wall of Honor we built. We love seeing those individuals throughout our community and the work they have done. Our local veterans and local VFW are filled with amazing men and women.  Our district takes pride in planning and organizing special events for our Military families and veterans. (Veterans Day, Military Appreciation Day at games, Links on our Website for Military Families and recruiters in the building throughout the school year). It is an honor to receive this award.   

We encourage you to please fill out our google form ( and submit your information if you or a family member are an alumni of Bright Local and served in the Military.   

The Purple Star 2023 Announcement:


Bright Local Schools is a proud supporter of our Armed Forces and honors those who are veterans or current service members of ALL branches of the United States Armed Forces in the following ways:

  • Free admission to all Bright Local School's events that are hosted at Whiteoak or Bright Elementary.
  • Winter basketball game designated as Military Recognition Night.
  • On the anniversary of 9-11, students and staff show respect by having a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives and for those who serve to protect our freedom. 
  • Veteran's Day Celebration


Also, in an effort to better serve our staff and students who are part of the military family, we are providing several links to programs and services designed to assist those veterans and their families in several different aspects of work, school, family and home life.
That State of Ohio's Dept of Education website with several different resources for military families.

Resources and platforms to meet and relate to other service members and families who understand the challenges and experiences of military life. 

The ISFAC serves as a statewide “safety net” in support of Ohio military families. The ISFAC connects military families with national, state, regional and community resources as well as volunteer support services.

Supports the youth of military families throughout the deployment cycle.  Provides a one time per child, up to $500, grant for sports, fine arts, camps and tutoring programs. 

Offers help with parenting and child care, education, relocation, financial and legal concerns along with everyday issues.  

Provides education and information regarding rights, benefits and services for military families.   

Helps military children cope with being Coalition from school to school around the world.  

Child Care Aware of America partners with the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support their families through the Child Care Fee Assistance Programs. is an online, live, one-to-one tutoring service for homework help for FREE 

While this program offers financial relief to military families, there are many additional scholarships available that often go unnoticed. The goal is to encourage veteran students in Hebron to continue their education and invest in a rewarding career. OnlineMBA has a detailed list of available scholarships to ensure that our American Heroes can access the funds to support their educational journey.

Military Wall of Honor

Military Wall of Honor FORM

Throughout the Bright Local School District there are many service members we would like to honor and salute. We are dedicated to the healing and health of all veterans service members and military families. We would like to take this opportunity to reach out to the local communities to provide us with information to honor/salute any Bright Local Schools graduate from Belfast, Whiteoak High Schools. 

Please click the following link and fill out the form to submit information that will be displayed on our Military Wall of Honor at Whiteoak High School.

Military Branches

As the oldest, largest branch of the Military, the Army protects the security of the United States and its resources.
Motto: This We'll Defend

Working closely with the Navy, the Marine Corps is often first on the ground in combat situations.
Motto: Semper Fidelis
The Navy defends the right to travel and trade freely on the world's oceans and protects national interests overseas. 
U.S. Navy Seal Motto: The only easy day was yesterday
The Air Force protects American interests at home and abroad with a focus on air power.
Motto: Aim High... Fly-Fight-Win
The Coast Guard is a military, multi-mission, maritime service within the Department of Homeland Security. Its core roles are to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic and security interests in any maritime region, including international waters and America's coasts, ports and inland waterways. 
Motto: Semper Paratus
The Ohio Army National Guard is a part of the Army National Guard of the United States Army.  
Motto: Ohio Forever, Street!
America's Army Reserve generates combat-ready units and Soldiers for the Army and Joint Warfighter that are trained, equipped and lethal to win our Nation's wars.  
Motto: Twice the Citizen
The mission of the Air Force Reserve is to provide combat ready forces to Fly, Fight and Win. 
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