TWINSBURG — George G. Dodge Intermediate School joins the district’s other four schools in receiving the Purple Star from the Ohio Department of Education.

The ODE released a new list of recognized schools May 22.

"I was very pleased to learn that George G. Dodge Intermediate School was recently named a Purple Star Award School by the Ohio Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the Veterans Services and the Adjutant General," said Superintendent Kathryn Powers. "With George G. Dodge Intermediate School's designation, all five of our Twinsburg City School District's schools are recognized as military-friendly schools. I am very proud of our district's commitment to students and families connected to our nation's military."

Wilcox Primary, Bissell Elementary, R.B. Chamberlin Middle and Twinsburg High schools were recognized in February.

According to the ODE, the Purple Star designation for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a "major commitment" to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces. Purple Star awardees receive a special Purple Star recognition to display in their buildings.

A Purple Star school will hold the designation for two years, then the school must reapply. The Purple Star emblem was selected because purple symbolizes support for military families.

There are 34,000 children in Ohio with one or more parents serving in the military, according to the ODE. This includes the children of active duty, reserve and Ohio National Guard members. Some of these children will attend six to nine different schools throughout their K-12 educational experiences.

In addition to changing schools often, a student can be affected by a parent’s deployment. Schools can help students and families face these issues by connecting them with the resources they need.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC