Polk County Schools honored for support of military-connected students and families

Polk County Schools has been recognized with the esteemed Purple Star Award for its support of military-connected students and families.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) recently bestowed the honor upon Polk County Schools in recognition of its commitment to creating a welcoming and supportive environment for military families.

The Purple Star Award highlights Polk County Schools’ dedication to ensuring that military-connected students receive the resources and assistance they need to thrive academically and socially. This recognition highlights the district’s efforts to support military families, acknowledging the challenges they may face due to frequent relocations and deployments.

Accepting the Purple Star Award on behalf of Polk County Schools were Curriculum and Instruction Director Jan Crump, Tryon Elementary teacher Mandy Wolfe and Exceptional Children’s Director Toni Haley. Wolfe has helped lead the Purple Star program at Tryon Elementary for the past five years.

Serving as a point of contact for the Purple Star program at each school in the district were:

Polk County High School: Lori Connet, Mia Wolfe and Kiersten Fletcher

Polk County Middle School: Jamie Weathers

Polk County Early College: Mary Greene

Polk Central Elementary: Kim McMinn

Saluda Elementary: Stephanie Fletcher

Tryon Elementary: Mandy Wolfe

Sunny View Elementary: Preston Allen

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