PIKETON — South Gallia Middle School and High School were recently recognized at the Ohio School Boards Association’s Southeast Spring Conference.
South Gallia was presented the Ohio Department of Education’s Purple Star Award, given out to military-friendly public schools. Schools receiving this award, show “a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military,” according to a statement from the Ohio School Boards Association.
South Gallia hosts the VFW annual fish fry, VFW flag presentations at all varsity home football games, participates in the Veteran’s Day Program at Wal-Mart, hosts an annual Veteran’s Day ceremony and dinner, and participates in FFA flag folding ceremonies at events throughout Gallia County.
“The true honor is to serve and honor our active military families and veterans both on staff and in the community as well as their families,” South Gallia Principal Bray Shamblin said. “The Purple Star Designation from the Ohio Department of Education allows us to be a beacon for those seeking assistance through military-friendly services provided by and through South Gallia.”
Across the state, 57 schools received the award and of those 57 schools, five are from the Southeast Region. The Southeast Region is comprised of 18 counties representing 84 school districts.