By Staff Writer Jake Smith
Graphics by Anthony Penarejo
In each school and school district there is a child, whose parent has served or is currently serving in the Army, Air Force, Marines or National Reserves. On April 25, Timberline had their purple day, but there was one problem, there seemed to be a lack of purple.
Cristina Austen, a Child & Youth Behavioral Military & Family Life Counselor, sees where the confusion can be, with all the days and months we support military members and family with.
“The month of the military child is trying to highlight that military children are also sacrificing a lot and they’re doing a lot for our country as well,” said Austen.
Austen has some feedback about the participation. “On top of that, [I] received some feedback from staff and students that purple wasn’t really the color that people wanted to be wearing because [of our] rivalry with North Thurston so that was kind of funny,” said Austen.
From a student perspective, junior Maya McKinney weighs in, “I feel like non-military people wouldn’t understand,” said McKinney. But she also sees why maybe the military kids might not celebrate Military kid month. “I’m sure that there’s plenty of military students that don’t really care as much as the non-military students,” said McKinney.
“And that’s nice [I] guess but there’s some things to the military lifestyle that’s unsaid but in a way that I’m sure no one would like to discuss, unless you’re close. Military lifestyle is pretty hard, but I don’t think I’ve experienced anything as hard as other people might have” said McKinney.
Purple day is a new program that just started this year at Timberline. And it has to make up ground with the students, who are creatures of habit. But with all these celebrations of Military families how can we separate Military Kid month from all the other military holidays? “Maybe a little gift or trinket, sure it might cost money but it can be something as little as a purple flower to give to students that might include a little message,” said McKinney.