It’s not everyday our students get a chance to make an impact on the greater Washington community, but Gig Harbor High School ASB Co-President
Brendan M. did just that alongside district leaders on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Superintendent Krestin Bahr, President of the Board of Directors Natalie Wimberley, and Brendan testified in support of SB 5071 in front of the Senate Early Learning and K12 Education Committee. Brendan, Bahr, and Wimberley were joined by State Representatives Spencer Hutchins, R - Gig Harbor, and Michelle Caldier, R - Gig Harbor, in Olympia on Wednesday.
If passed into law, SB 5071 would create the Purple Star Award to recognize military friendly school districts.
“The Purple Star Award is created to recognize military friendly school districts that show a commitment to students and families connected to the nation’s military,” a senate bill report states.
Brendan is the child of a military family and was recently appointed to the United State Military Academy West Point to join the class of 2027.
“I’m a military child, which means moving around constantly and constantly fighting change. Change throughout my childhood left me vulnerable even when I sought stability. Four moves, four deployments and I am one of the lucky ones. I found when people were made aware of what I was experiencing, it made life much easier. Whether my peers or teachers knew it at the time, what they were doing for me significantly improved my life.” Brendan M, GHHS ASB Co-President
“Brendan’s testimony as a military child was exactly what these members needed to hear. Some were moved to tears to hear firsthand what military children endure during their K-12 experience.” PSD Board of Directors President Natalie Wimberley
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