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Glenwood Junior High earns Purple Star

March 14, 2018
J.T. WhitehouseThe staff and students at Glenwood Junior High had something to be proud of recently when the school was notified , The Town Crier

The staff and students at Glenwood Junior High had something to be proud of recently when the school was notified it was one of only 44 schools across the state to receive the Purple Star designation from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The Purple Star Award honors military-friendly schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to the nation's military and veterans.

Glenwood school counselor Courtney Abruzzino said she applied for the award through the ODE. She knew the school had a sense of caring for veterans, which has been proved time and again through school programs. One such program was the Veterans Day program held last year.

On Nov. 10, 2017, Glenwood hosted a "student-led" event inviting more than 50 local veterans from all branches of the military as well as reservists who were friends or family members of our students and staff. Congressman Tim Ryan and State Representative and Air Force Reserve Lt. Colonel John Boccieri were guest speakers for the program and even greeted veterans as they entered the gym. Glenwood hosted 60 veterans for the assembly that day.

While the Veterans Day assembly was a special event, the school continues to make an effort every day to serve military families.

"We surveyed the entire school to see who had family in the military," Abruzzino said. "We have 20 students who have family on active duty. Many more have aunts and uncles serving."

To better serve these students and families, both counselors took a course at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center titled "Military children in Ohio Schools." It was geared to opening up the door of services available to them. The course covered how to work with kids who have a parent serving and the variety of benefits that are available to those students.

The counselors learned about free tutoring programs for military-connected students, online test preparation courses, and even a one-time grant to help pay for after-school activities and camps.

"My husband is in the military and I didn't know these things were out there," Abruzzino said. "Now we have posted this on our school website. It is nice to provide these resources to kids who didn't know about them."

These resources are also available to all students...regardless of a military connection. Resources can be found under the Guidance Counsel tab of Boardman Schools Website.

With the Veteran's Day program and the involvement of the counselors in dealing with students of military parents, Glenwood was accepted as one of 44 Ohio schools that were recognized this year with the Purple Star award from the ODE.

While the award was great recognition for Glenwood's involvement with veterans and military families, the work is not over.

"We want to do more," Fonderlin said.

While the Veterans Day Event was educational and inspiring, Glenwood has made great efforts to service military families every day. Counselors have identified students whose parents are active service members and provided them information and assistance. They are given information packets with opportunities for scholarships, grant money for camps and extracurriculars, tutoring support, and standardized test prep.

 
 

 

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