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DDTwo Celebrates Purple Star Designation

Dorchester School District Two celebrated its Purple Star designation on November 9 with students, district leaders, staff, families, and special guests.

DDTwo is the 11th school district in South Carolina to receive this prestigious honor from the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission. The designation recognizes districts that take certain steps to ensure children of service members who are on active duty, in the National Guard, or in the Reserves are receiving the academic and social-emotional support they need to succeed. These qualifications include a dedicated district liaison, student ambassadors, a web page, education planning, extracurricular activities, and specialized training. These provide support to military families as they navigate the academic requirements and planning challenges associated with moving between different schools due to the parent’s Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.

With more than 1,800 military-connected students enrolled in DDTwo schools, the district’s military family population is the third largest among South Carolina school districts.

“This certification tells our military families that we understand the complex transition students may face when they join or leave our district,” DDTwo Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins said. “I am proud of our team for working so hard to earn this honor, which is another demonstration of why Dorchester School District Two is such a special place.”

DDTwo Chief of Military Community Relations Karean Troy said, “Building and maintaining this structure of support will ensure that we meet the unique needs of military-connected students and prepare them to be successful in college, the workforce, and in life.”

“Joint Base Charleston is honored to be in a community that values the well-being of military members and their families, and we are very excited that Dorchester School District Two has earned the Purple Star designation,” said Col. Michael Freeman, Joint Base Charleston commander. “This accomplishment will benefit our military families for years to come.”

“South Carolina prides itself on being a military-friendly state, serving over 16,000 military-connected families annually. We are excited as Dorchester School District Two receives its designation as a Purple Star School District,” said State Superintendent Molly Spearman.