Eastwood Elementary is the first school in Monongalia County to be awarded the Purple Star Award by the West Virginia Department of Education. Eastwood applied for the status to show a strong commitment to supporting the needs of military children and their families.
Common Ground Partners review the applications and the WV Department of Education issues awards to schools meeting the award's eligibility criteria. Schools receiving the award are issued an official certificate and additional electronic materials that display their military-friendly status.
The WV Department of Education says "this step is only the beginning of the Common Ground Partnership’s efforts to support the success of all students and enhance communications about how we may best provide assistance to military-connected children."
Eastwood's military contact will have opportunities to participate in professional development, become familiar with programs supportive of military families and detect the best practices that schools are using to meet their unique needs.
For more information about the program and to view the schools in West Virginia with the Purple Star designation, click here to be directed to the WV Department of Education's award page.