Lower School Honored with Virginia Purple Star Designation

Norfolk Collegiate’s lower school is one of four independent schools in Virginia and the ONLY independent school in Hampton Roads recently awarded the Virginia Purple Star Designation from the Virginia Department of Education. The designation is given to schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to the military.

“Norfolk Collegiate takes great care to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all members of our school community. The award of the Virginia Purple Star Designation to the lower school affirms this and recognizes the ongoing dedication of faculty and staff to both understand and serve the unique needs of our military students and their families,” lower school counselor Jan Weintraub said. “It's a privilege to be able to deliver these services, and we are especially excited to celebrate our military community during the Month of the Military Child in April.”

To celebrate the designation and to honor its military families and children, Norfolk Collegiate will be hosting a Month of the Military Child event on Friday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m. in the lower school auditorium. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple during the event as a visible gesture of support for military students.

Distinguished guests include:

  • Dan Dunham, military student and family specialist for the Virginia Department of Education
  • Dr. Jill Gaitens, director Central and Coastal Virginia (Military Child Education Coalition)
  • Kelly Beck, family resource specialist (United States Coast Guard Base Portsmouth)
  • Christina Escalante, school liaison officer (Naval Station Norfolk)
  • Tiffany Johnson, school liaison officer (Naval Support Activity, Hampton Roads)
  • Karen Phillips, school liaison officer (Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek-Fort Story)
  • Terrilyn Williams, school liaison officer (Norfolk Naval Shipyard)

To learn more about the designation, please contact Jan Weintraub at jweintraub@norfolkcollegiate.org.