Marlington Receives Purple Star Award for its Support of Veterans
The Marlington Local School District recently received the Purple Star Award from the Ohio Department of Education. The Purple Star Award recognizes schools that are supportive of the community’s veterans and military families.
To receive the award, schools must
have a staff point of contact for military students and families who serves as
the primary liaison between them and the school. Mr. Steve Miller fills this
role for Marlington. Additionally, the district must have a dedicated page on
its website featuring resources for military families, which can be found at www.marlingtonlocal.org/MilitarySupport.aspx.
The school district recognizes
local veterans in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Each Veterans
Day, Marlington High School hosts a Veterans Day celebration that includes a
presentation of the colors by the Marlboro volunteers, performances by the band
and choir and guest speakers to honor the veterans in attendance.
In December, the district held its
first Military Night to recognize Gold Star Families. The event, which took
place during a varsity basketball game against West Branch, took time to
recognize both Marlington and West Branch Gold Star families with a special
presentation. The families were also invited to a dinner before the game. All
military personnel were admitted to the game free of charge, and students and
the community were encouraged to dress in camouflage to show their support.
“We are honored to have received the Purple Star Award,” said Superintendent Joe Knoll. “We believe it is important to teach our students to honor and support all veterans, current members of the military, as well as military families. We look forward each school year to recognizing our community’s veterans and those who have made sacrifices for our country and its citizens. Another example of Positively Marlington!”