For Immediate Release — October 15, 2018 | DeLalio ES
Jade Fulce: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA — October 15, 2018 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Region will host a school dedication ceremony for the newly constructed DeLalio Elementary School at Marine Corps Air Station at New River, North Carolina Thursday, Oct.18 at 9:30 a.m.
DoDEA's Associate Director for Performance and Accountability and Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas Dr. Judith Minor, the DoDEA Americas Mid-Atlantic District Superintendent Dr. Donato Cuadrado, the Camp Lejeune Community Superintendent Mr. Todd Curkendall, and the Delalio Elementary School Principal Ms. Wyonia Chevis will deliver remarks to students and special guests.
DeLalio Elementary School is 66,430 square feet and can hold up to 350 students from pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified facility with sustainable design strategies and enhancements for energy efficient lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. There are 21st Century teaching tools such as a rooftop learning space, solar demonstration panels, solar panels for hot water, and an energy dashboard for monitoring utility use are incorporated into the building.
"At DeLalio we pledge to promote excellence in education for every student, every day, everywhere,” said Ms. Wyonia Chevis, the DeLalio Elementary School principal. “We believe in every child and know that every child can learn. We provide the best rigorous learning environment and enhance student achievement for all of our students.”
The school is named after Marine Lt. Col. Armond Hector DeLalio, who was born in Plainview, New York on July 17, 1917. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves on Jan. 15, 1940 and became an aviation cadet then commissioned as Second Lieutenant on Nov. 1, 1940. DeLalio served in the Marine Corps with distinction and helped develop the Marine Aviation Helicopter program. In 1942, DeLalio was awarded the Navy Cross for his dive bombing performance in the Battle of Midway as a captain. In 1946, as a major, DeLalio was designated Helicopter Pilot Number 16. DeLalio was killed Jan. 5, 1952 at Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland in a jet-assisted helicopter take-off. During his career, DeLalio was also awarded two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Unit Citation with a Ribbon Bar; an American Defense Service with Base Clasp and Star; an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; a World War II Victory Medal; and a National Defense Service Medal.
The old DeLalio building will be demolished, and new parking lots will be constructed in its footprint.
Media wishing to attend this event are asked to RSVP by email no later than 4:00 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018 and should be prepared to meet an escort at MCAS New River Main Gate Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. the day of the event.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for school-aged children of Department of Defense personnel who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, Western Asia, the Middle East, Cuba, the United States, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Educational Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.