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Two Norfolk elementary schools selected for 2018 Purple Star Designation

Two Norfolk elementary schools selected for 2018 Purple Star Designation

Mary Calcott and Tarrallton elementary schools were selected to receive the 2018 Purple Star Designation from the Virginia Council on the Interstate Compact on the Educational Opportunity of Military Children (the Council). Both schools will be awarded Resolutions of Recognition, an award coin, and a letter containing feedback on their application from members of the reviewing panel. 

Tarrallton Elementary Principal Daniel White believes “the Purple Star symbolizes our commitment to be a true cornerstone of the military community we serve, and the award means that we are trained in best practices for supporting military-connected students.” White said, “The Purple Star displays our success in addressing the needs of our students and their families before, during, and after their time learning and growing at Tarrallton.”

“The award is important to our school because we recognize the challenges of military students and families when they have to transition to a new area and new school,” shared Calcott Elementary Principal Danielle McIntyre.  “It is important to Calcott family to create a school environment that is inclusive and sensitive to the needs and challenges of all students.”

Both schools will hold recognition programs to highlight this distinguished honor. Tarrallton will hold a recognition program on November 30 at 9:30 a.m. and on April 25, 2019, Calcott will host its annual military family dinner sponsored by the PTA to commemorate this honor.