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The Purple Star Award Has Been Given to Mount Rose Academy

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, November 15, 2022 5:22 am

RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – Downstairs at Mount Rose Academy, there are military exhibitions on the walls that you should not miss. There are flags representing the six branches of the military. Then there’s this wall of men and women who have served or are now serving in the military.

It was an 8th grade Leadership Class project in which students not only learned about our country’s military, but also realized that someone in their family had served in the military.

“My grandfather fought in the Viet Nam War,” says Billie Peek, with the leadership class. “It was cool to see how our family was connected in that way through family members,” says Cassidy Garman also with the 8th grade leadership class.

8th Grader Quinn Oster says he discovered his great grandfather served in World War II. “Then my dad showed me we had his uniform. We had like this song book, his badge. All the stuff,” he says.

Following that, the leadership class would educate their pupils about the many branches of the military.

“Sometimes they were too engaged cause they would start clapping to the anthems and it would override the anthem,” says Madeline Grimm, with the leadership class. “We had to tell them to calm down,” she says.

The display was set up so that families could post pictures of their loved ones who are or were in the military, as well as their stories.

The class also collaborated with Blue Star parents to gather goods for care packages to be given to active military men and women.

“It would be amazing to help out their family and others as well,” says Landon Zeller as to why all students pitched in.

“I thought that it was extremely amazing for individuals to learn about their family’s history that they didn’t know before, and also, as Landon mentioned, knowing they are helping others,” his classmate Luca Kornze Bobzien remarked.

A initiative like this resulted in a letter from Nevada’s State Superintendent of Schools informing Mt. Rose Academy that it will be the only school in Northern Nevada to receive the Purple Star Award this year.

The honor is granted to schools who make a determined effort to provide a welcoming environment for military families.

“We wouldn’t be able to have a democracy if it wasn’t for them,” says Sawyer Sala, also with the leadership class.

On November 28, 2022, the school will be officially recognized with the Purple Star award.

Following that, the leadership has stated that their next project will be to raise funds for children with cancer.

Credits: KoloTv

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