Long Beach School District earns Mississippi Military Star School Designation
All five schools in the Long Beach School District earned the designation of Mississippi Military Star School.
The inaugural group of 61 schools from 12 districts in Mississippi are being honored by Governor Tate Reeves and Mississippi State Superintendent of Education Dr. Robert Taylor for their efforts.
The program awards public schools a Military Star Designation if they have certain resources in place to accommodate children of a current or former member of the military.
Mississippi’s Military Star School Program is designed to help schools respond to the educational and social-emotional challenges military-connected children face during their transition to a new school. Assistant Superintendent Lori Price said, “They need support in moving around and deployment and just getting acclimated because they come throughout the school year don’t necessarily know a lot of the students. So, we strive to make that transition for them as easy and smooth as possible. Also, for the parents, you know, that’s a worry on military parents and it’s a way to support them as well because if their kids are in good hands than they know that they are supported than the parents are more at ease.”
Mississippi is one of 31 states with programs to formally recognize schools that support military families.
Long Beach School District has a total of 382 military students.