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Four Additional Olentangy Schools Recognized with Purple Star Designation

The number of Olentangy schools recognized for their commitment to serving military-connected students and families continues to grow.

On May 17, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria announced the addition of Olentangy Berlin High School, Cheshire Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, and Oak Creek Elementary School to the list of now 14 Olentangy schools to receive a Purple Star designation.

The Ohio Department of Education's Purple Star recognizes schools that show a 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.

"It is an honor to recognize schools and districts with the Purple Star designation in celebration of their efforts to support military families, whether it is through various programs or resources, DeMaria said in a prepared statement. "We value and honor the many individuals who sacrifice everything for our safety and freedom, while calling Ohio home."

Previous Olentangy schools to receive the honor are: Olentangy High School, Olentangy Orange High School,  Berkshire Middle School, Olentangy Hyatts Middle School, Olentangy Liberty Middle School, Olentangy Orange Middle School, Olentangy Shanahan Middle School, Liberty Tree Elementary School, Scioto Ridge Elementary School and Wyandot Run Elementary School.

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. Olentangy Schools help these students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.