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Scioto Ridge Receives Purple Star Award

Scioto Ridge Elementary School has been recognized by the state for its commitment to serving students and families connected to the military. The school received a Purple Star Award from the Ohio Department of Education in May.

Scioto Ridge Elementary joins Liberty Middle School, Olentangy Hyatts Middle School, Olentangy Shanahan Middle School, Olentangy High School and Orange High School in earning the award, which was created this year.

The Ohio Department of Education's Purple Star Award recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings. The Purple Star Advisory Board, formed by the Ohio departments of Education, Higher Education, Veterans Services and Adjutant General, helps decide eligibility.

 A Purple Star school will receive the designation for two years. After two years, the school must reapply. The Purple Star emblem was selected because purple symbolizes support for military families.

There are 34,000 children in Ohio with one or more parents serving in the military. This includes the children of active duty, reserve and Ohio National Guard members. Some of these children will attend six to nine different schools throughout their K-12 educational experiences. In addition to changing schools often, a student also can be affected by a parent’s deployment. Schools can help students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.

“A supportive school environment can have a significant impact on our military-connected students,” said State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria. “These Purple Star schools provide our children and families with the resources they need to be successful. We’re thankful for their service and honored to continue the important work of improving services for Ohio’s military families.”