MHS Group – Presenting Monterey High with the Tennessee Purple Star School Award are (from left) Deb Manis, Casy Griffin, Bubba Winningham, Tim Martin, Bree Wheeler, Corby King, Amy Forrest, Lt. Alex Anderson, and Nathan R. James.

Tennessee Purple Star School Award was designed to highlight military-friendly schools

A pair of Putnam County Schools have been recognized for their commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s military. Monterey High School and Cookeville High School are among 44 schools in Tennessee that have received the Tennessee Purple Star School Award.

“We are extremely proud and honored that both CHS and MHS have received the Purple Star School Award,” said PCSS Superintendent Corby King. “PCSS holds profound respect for individuals who have served in our military. It is a significant honor for CHS and MHS, our district, and our community to receive this recognition. I commend both schools for achieving this accolade.”

The Tennessee Purple Star School Award was designed to highlight military-friendly schools. The schools chosen for the award receive a banner and a certificate signed by Governor Bill Lee.

“Acknowledging that the service of one family member impacts the entire household, they have worked hard to implement initiatives within their schools to foster a welcoming environment for these students. This ensures seamless integration and provides awareness among our broader student body regarding the experiences and needs of military families,” according to a release by PCSS.

The awards were presented by Nathan R. James, Deputy Executive Director, Legislative and External Affairs for the Tennessee State Board of Education, Lieutenant Alex Anderson with the Air National Guard, Deb Munis, the Tennessee MIC3 Military Family Education Liason, and Casey Griffin. CHS Principal Karen Trentham, Monterey Principal Bree Wheeler and social studies teacher Amy Forrest represented their respective schools in receiving the awards.

“Both of these schools are committed to prioritizing assistance and support for children from military households, and both schools recognize the unique challenges they encounter due to frequent relocations and potential parental deployments,” said King.

For more information on the Tennessee Purple Star School Award visit HERE.

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