Wooster Named One of Eight Ohio Purple Star Award Recipients

The Wooster City School District has received a Purple Star Award from the Ohio Department of Education. This is the first year for the award, which recognizes school districts that are supportive of the community’s veterans and military families. Wooster was one of only eight districts selected across Ohio.

An award ceremony will be held at Wooster High School where State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo A. DeMaria, will present the honor in person at small assembly at 9 a.m. on November 1. DeMaria will also tour the building and visit with students.

Tyler Egli, a Wooster High School guidance counselor and veteran, authored the application on behalf of the school district. “This district is amazingly supportive of its veterans, military personnel and their families,” Egli said. “I am proud to be part of a school district that so strongly demonstrates its dedication to supporting those who have made sacrifices for our country and its citizens.”

Throughout the year, the Wooster City School District hosts several activities to recognize the veterans and military families within the community. Activities include:

  • During awards ceremonies and Commencement, current military service members and veterans are recognized.
  • On Veterans Day, there is a special event hosted at Edgewood Middle School honoring those who have served.
  • Every May, veterans are invited into Wooster’s classrooms to speak about their experiences with students.
  • The district has partnered with the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Group.
  • Wooster High School History Club is a partner of Honors Flight, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing veterans with honor and closure.
  • The History Club also conducts an annual fundraiser selling Buddy Poppies, with all funds raised going to support the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) organization.
  • One page on the district’s website is dedicated to featuring resources available to military families. The district is also currently working on designing and bringing to life a memorial that will recognize all veterans who have fought for the country.

 

“I am honored to be part of a Purple Star school system,” said Wooster High School Principal Tyler Keener. “I would like to give a special thanks to Misty Bisesi, our History Club’s advisor and leader of our Veteran Memorial project for all of her leadership.”

“One of our Principles of Practice is to create a positive culture and climate that respects and appreciates others,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “Our military families are certainly one subgroup we emphasize with terrific effort.  All of our activities are greatly appreciated by our veterans and their families.  Though Cindy Beeman’s middle school Veterans Day program is the largest event, all of the activities around the school system are quite strategic, purposeful and annual.”