For Immediate Release — September 20, 2018 | Americas
Jade Fulce: Public Affairs Officer | (571) 372-0604
ALEXANDRIA, VA — September 20, 2018 — The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Region will host a school dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Edward A. White Elementary School at Fort Benning, Georgia Wednesday, September 26 at 9:30 a.m.
“This facility will enable our teachers to prepare our students for a 21st-century world,” said Dr. Lisa B. Coleman, the Georgia/Alabama Community Superintendent. “Our focus is on critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, and innovation. In this school, teachers can model collaboration and show students what it looks like in preparation for college and career.”
DoDEA's Associate Director for Performance and Accountability and Director of Student Excellence for DoDEA Americas Dr. Judith Minor, the DoDEA Americas Southeast District Superintendent Dr. Christy Huddleston, the Georgia/Alabama Community Superintendent Dr. Lisa B. Coleman, and the E.A. Elementary School Principal Dr. Renee Mallory will deliver remarks to students and special guests.
E.A. White Elementary School is 109,390 square feet and can hold up to 600 students from prekindergarten 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 incorporated into the building such as a learning garden to assist with the new science standards, three outdoor amphitheaters, solar panels for hot water, a wind turbine, and an energy dashboard for monitoring utility use.
"There is always a sense of anticipation and excitement among stakeholders when a new school opens,” said Dr. Renee Mallory, E.A. White principal. “Teachers have moved into an environment specifically designed to support and enhance 21st Century learning. The possibilities for student growth are limitless!"
The school is named after 1st Lieutenant Edward A. White, a U.S. Army Soldier, who was killed in action Aug. 2, 1950, during the Korean War. White was born in Plattsburg, New York June 20, 1926. His father was in the military, and White attended various schools throughout the United States. White graduated from Brown Military Academy in California. In July 1944, after studying one year at the Georgia School of Technology, he entered the U.S. Army Military Academy as the Class of 1948. After graduation, White attended the Ground General School at Fort Riley, Kansas, and then the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
The ceremony is open to those with base access. Media representatives who would like to attend the ceremony must contact Bryan Gatchell via email or at 706-545-4591 at the Maneuver Center of Excellence/Fort Benning Public Affairs Office.
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.