• By Mercedes C Parham
  • Thursday, April 04, 2019

MCSD kicks off National Month of the Military Child with State Superintendent presentation of Military Flagship School Award

Columbus High Military Flagship School AwardColumbus, GA-
Columbus High School was honored as the first of six schools in Georgia to be presented the inaugural Military Flagship Award. A ceremony was held in celebration of Columbus High’s achievement and in recognition of the National Month of the Military Child on April 3, 2019. Georgia State Superintendent, Dr. Richard Woods, along with Fort Benning Garrison Commander Cox, State Representative Dave Belton, and State Board of Education member, Helen Odom Rice, presented Columbus High with a banner to display on campus.

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) initially announced Columbus High as a winner of the award in November 2018 for going above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and families. All State schools were eligible to apply for the Military Flagship School Award; 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.

Columbus High was noted for implementing the following initiatives:

  1. Student 2 Student (S2S) student leadership program: welcomes new military transfer students by taking them on a tour of the school and serving as a lunch buddy, if needed.
  2. Peer Helper program: provides support to military students by offering peer tutors to assist students who are struggling academically and, through a partnership with the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC), 24-hour, web-based tutoring services to all military students.
  3. Pre-registration night: a separate night observed specifically for transfer students, who are typically military.
  4. Attendance policy specifically for military families: administrators will individually consider military absence requests.
The District will continue to participate in special events celebrating military-connected children throughout the month of April, in coordination with the National Month of the Military Child effort, and invites all stakeholders to support this initiative. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) encourages communities to wear purple on April 18 to observe "Purple Up" day; purple is a color used to represent all military service branches.

Pictured in front row (l-r): Dr. Marvin Crumbs, Superintendent Dr. Lewis, Representative Dave Belton, Cadet Donovan Williams, State Superintendent Dr. Richard Woods, and State Board of Education member Helen Odom Rice (3rd Congressional District).

For a full gallery of pictures from the Military Flagship Award ceremony, click here.

The mission of the Muscogee County School District is to inspire and equip all students to achieve unlimited potential. For more information, please contact the Office of Communications at 706.748.2034 or communications@muscogee.k12.ga.us.

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