(Hinesville, GA)— State School Superintendent Richard Woods will visit Waldo Pafford Elementary on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 9 AM to present the Military Flagship School banner. School principal, Ms. Valarie Lawson, was notified earlier in January by the Georgia Department of Education that her school was one of seven schools in the state to receive the Military Flagship School recognition. This award recognizes schools going above and beyond to provide a supportive environment for military students and their families. They provide specific outreach to military families and recognize and accommodate their unique needs. Waldo Pafford Elementary School provides multiple outreach programs specifically targeted to military families and children, including deployment and transition groups and recognitions such as the Month of the Military Child and Month of the Military Family. The school-based Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) provides professional learning to help school personnel understand and support the needs of military-connected children. The school works to provide high-quality opportunities to all students, including afterschool enrichment, a mentor/mentee program, a comprehensive school counseling program, National Junior Honor Society, and National Junior Beta Club. There are multiple opportunities for meaningful parent engagement, including parent roundtable discussions and military parent luncheons. “As principal of Waldo Pafford,” stated Ms. Valarie Lawson, “we are extremely proud of this accomplishment. We are happy to be able to provide the services that we have to our military students and their families.” Please take the time to join us for this special event. For more information, contact Cathy Lane, Communications Coordinator, at (912)876- 5966 or (912) 321-1942 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.