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Jackson-Milton Elementary School values the many families that live in our school community who have ties to the military. We understand, and appreciate, that our military youth go through unique circumstances and we want every military family to know we are here to help them. 

Jackson-Milton Elementary School honors those who are veterans or current service members of all branches of the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves in the following ways:

  • Fall Football 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 - Our grades 4 & 5 Student Council holds an annual Veteran's Day luncheon and assembly. Military guests from each branch of the United States Armed Forces are asked to participate. 
  • Our active military families were recognized, along with all veterans, at our Military Classic Basketball Game on January 30, 2024. 
  • JMES staff are updated regularly by Mr. Zanni via e-mail with highlights from the Purple Star Military-Connected Youth Monthly Bulletins
  • As we commemorate Black History Month, it is important to honor the stories and sacrifices of African American service members throughout our nation’s history. From the Revolution to modern times, they have fought and perished in battles, serving a nation that once held them in bondage and enforced segregation in the military until 1948. Amid these challenges, they tirelessly defended our freedoms while fighting for equality at home.
  • March is Women’s History Month. As we celebrate this, it’s important that we recognize the evolving roles of women in the military. Over time, women’s contributions transitioned from supporting the war effort on the home front to serving in auxiliary forces, and now, to serving fully in the United States Armed Forces, including combat roles. The increase of women participating in the military is reflected in the profile of veterans in America. Currently, 11% of veterans are women. That number is projected to grow to 18% within the next 25 years. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum shares the stories of women veterans and the sacrifices of Gold Star spouses.  
  • Each month, Mr. Zanni and Dr. Welch have lunch with the students. These lunches include a special guest. In January, our special guest was superintendent Kirk Baker. 
  • And, much, much more! Please contact our Military Families' Point of Contact: Robert Zanni, robert.zanni@jmlocal.com or Principal: Holly Welch, holly.welch@jmlocal.com for further information.
  • Military Discount Guide
  • Free Tutoring 
  • VFW Scholarships
  • VFW scholarship opportunities
  • Our Military Kids
  • Our Military Kids provides a one-time grant opportunity, per child, for education-related expenses, such as sports, fine arts, camps, and tutoring programs. The activity is eligible for a grant if it falls in one of those four categories. However, they DO NOT award grants for child care, school tuition, or religious trips. For more information, please check out the website listed here.
  • Ohio Military Kids
  • Military Kids Connect
  • Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
  • Military One Source
  • Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program
  • Military Child Education Coalition
  • The Military Child Education Coalition or MCEC is a worldwide non-profit organization whose goal is to serve as a model of positive leadership and advocacy for all military children. Their mission is to ensure inclusive, quality educational experiences and opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. They provide responsive and relevant support systems and resources such as Students at the Center as well as free professional training and programs such as Student 2 Student and Parent 2 Parent for families in transition.
  • Operation Military Kids
  • Operation: Military Kids has programs available to assist military youth and their families to help them deal with deployment. These include camps for youth, camps for families, and other activities throughout the year.
  • Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America have a program called MISSION: YOUTH OUTREACH that is specifically designed from military youth. Boys & Girls Clubs of America know that times of national crisis can dramatically disrupt a military family’s life. The MISSION: Youth Outreach partnership supports military youth, ages 6 to 18 who are coping with a deployed parent by creating a positive, supportive network. Through this partnership, children of National Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty families, who do not live near or have access to a military Youth Center, can receive a free membership to their local Boys & Girls Club.
  • March to Success
  • March 2 Success provides an online study program to help students prepare for standardized tests, improve school work and review materials.
  • Military Education Guide
  • GI Bill Guide
  • Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee
  • Scholarship Guide
  • Change of Station Guide
  • Military Moving Discount Guide