Woodland Elementary School has earned Purple Star Award Designation from the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. The school will receive the award at its Veteran’s Day celebration on Friday, November 11 at 1 pm.
The Purple Star Program is part of the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities’ Strategies to strengthen the resiliency of Kentucky’s military-connected youth and ensure that their social, emotional and academic needs are met. According to the 2018 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Survey, approximately 50,000 youth in Kentucky reported having a military connection, either through service in the armed forces, National Guard or Reserves or as veterans. Military-connected youth can be affected by their family member’s deployment and military service. They report higher rates of serious psychological distress compared to non-military-connected youth.
“We are privileged to serve the military families who serve our country,” said Woodland Elementary School principal Dawn Tarquinio. “Soldiers and their families are woven into the legacy of our school. We are celebrating our school’s 25th birthday this year with pride knowing that we have always stood strong with our military-connected students.”
“We are very excited to join 41 states, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Military Child Education Coalition, and the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission in our Purple Star Award School Program,” said Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman. “Kentucky schools can strengthen the resiliency of our military-connected youth and celebrate civic responsibility through informative programs, spirit activities and increased staff expertise. We hope schools across the Commonwealth will embrace this great opportunity.”
The Purple Star designation recognizes schools that show a major commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. A school designates at least one school staff to serve as a military youth liaison to earn the Purple Star Award. The liaison receives training in military culture and risk and protective factors and stressors associated with being a member of a military family.
Woodland Elementary School is located at 6000 S. Woodland Drive, Radcliff, KY.