Central Crossing named a Purple Star School

Central Crossing High School was named a recipient of the prestigious Purple Star School designation. The Purple Star designation, from the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

At the center of Central Crossing High School’s military-connected programming is the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) under the direction of Senior Chief Lance Brownfield (Senior Naval Science Instructor) and Master Sergeant Benjamin Woods (Naval Science Instructor). Throughout the school year, Comet cadets support and host a number of engagement events dedicated to the essential program values of ‘honor, courage, and commitment’ in building a foundation of trust and leadership within their school and community.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have an amazing staff at Central Crossing High School that continuously finds new ways to support students, families, and community members in the United States Armed Forces,” said Principal Steve Fairs. “Senior Chief Brownfield and Master Sergeant Woods have a huge role in that effort through their NJROTC programming and values and that has spilled over into the rest of our school where there is a tangible sense of pride in supporting the military community. Our Comets should be incredibly proud of this distinction and we look forward to finding new ways to engage military-connected families in our school, community, and beyond in the years to come.”

To qualify for the Purple Star designation, schools choose a school-based staff person to serve as a liaison between military families and the school. These liaisons complete professional development, identify military-connected students, and facilitate supports throughout the school community for identified students and families. Purple Star schools also participate in at least one supportive activity each year.

The Purple Star Class of 2024 includes schools that host monthly military kids club meetings, provide professional learning for all educators on the unique considerations of military-connected students, implement peer-to-peer transition programs, or host school-wide celebrations honoring military students and families.

According to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Education and Workforce Director Stephen Dackin, 171 Ohio schools are receiving the Purple Star designation as members of the Purple Star Class of 2024.

“Ohio is a leader in its support to military families and the Purple Star program is a wonderful example of how this support extends to children in our schools,” said DeWine. “I applaud Ohio’s Purple Star schools and thank them for supporting military-connected students and ensuring they have the services and learning resources to succeed.”

“Congratulations to this year’s class of Ohio Purple Star schools for supporting student success, strengthening school-family partnerships, and recognizing the sacrifice of military service members and their families,” said Dackin. “It is wonderful to see the meaningful ways Ohio’s learning communities are showcasing their commitment to military families.”

A Purple Star school receives the designation for three years, after which the school can apply for renewal of the designation. Applications for the next class of Purple Star schools will open in November.

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