Georgia Department of Education recognizes six Military Flagship Schools

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Georgia Department of Education recognizes six Military Flagship Schools

The Georgia Department of Education has selected six schools as winners of the new Military Flagship School Award, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today.

The Military Flagship School Award recognizes schools going above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and families. Military Flagship Schools provide specific outreach to military families and recognize and accommodate their unique needs.

The inaugural Military Flagship Schools are:

  • Columbus High School, Muscogee County Schools
  • Crooked River Elementary School, Camden County Schools
  • Hilltop Elementary School, Houston County Schools
  • Lowndes High School, Lowndes County Schools
  • Riverside Elementary School, Columbia County Schools
  • Snelson-Golden Middle School, Liberty County Schools

“As the child of a military family myself, it means so much to me to recognize schools that are doing an exceptional job caring for Georgia’s military students and families,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “Being part of a military family is a lifestyle full of transition and sacrifice. As educators and public officials, one way we can show our gratitude and respect for those who serve is providing a welcoming, supportive school environment for their families. I commend each one of these schools for their service on behalf of military families and children.”

Rep. Dave Belton, Chairman of the Military Affairs Working Group in the Georgia House of Representatives, added:

“The military provides $28 billion in economic impact to Georgia every year. The Pentagon has repeatedly told us that education is their number-one issue when looking at bases. That’s why I’m so excited about this Military Flagship program. As a child of a Navy officer, we moved every two years. I know how stressful that can be, especially for a high school junior or senior. This emphasis on military children will go a long way toward making Georgia the most military-friendly state in the nation. But most of all, it’s the right thing to do for the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our freedoms.”

All schools were eligible to apply for the Military Flagship School Award, and applications were evaluated by a committee including active members of the military, School Liaison Officers, school district staff, and members of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission.

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