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Tryon Elementary earns Purple Star Award

Tryon Elementary School has earned a Purple Star Award for demonstrating military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families.

North Carolina is home to a large population of active duty, guard, reserve and veteran armed services members, and the state’s public schools reflect that. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has launched the Purple Star Award Designation initiative this school year to recognize the state’s strong military presence and its support for military families.

Schools in 10 districts and four charter schools across the state have earned the Purple Star recognition for the 2019-20 school year.

Schools across the state applied for the special designation, and schools deemed as Purple Star Schools are those that completed several required activities, plus an optional activity, aimed at ensuring strong support for students of military families. Schools earning the Purple Star Award were required to have a staff member as a designated point of contact for military students and families, a designated central administration staff member supporting the point of contact in the school and also the provision of annual professional development addressing special considerations for military students and families.

In addition, Purple Star schools provide a dedicated page on their websites for military family resources or links to the district’s webpage with military family resources as well as a transition program to support inbound and outbound military students and families, along with a checklist for their use.

Submitted by Polkstudents.com