Department of Defense Education Activity

DDESS to Dedicate Heroes Elementary School Aboard Camp Lejeune

Media Advisory: September 30, 2011
, DDESS, Public Affairs Officer: (678) 364-8044

PEACHTREE CITY, GA — A dedication ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at the new Heroes Elementary School aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney, the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, will serve as the keynote speaker. Other speakers will be Col. Daniel J. Lecce, Commanding Officer of Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, and Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations East.

The 110,000 square-foot, $20 million building complex will house approximately 768 pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students. The school was built to accommodate the growing availability of on-base housing in Heroes Manor, Lincoln Military Housing's flagship community aboard MCB Camp Lejeune.

The school is named in honor of those who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Names were solicited from the Camp Lejeune community and a naming committee was formed of parents, school board members, and the school liaison. The team selected the submission by Camp Lejeune employees, Jeanette Martinez and Ana Knox, "Heroes Elementary School."

Mrs. Dewanda Sholar is Principal and Mr. John Stroup is the assistant principal. The school's mascot is the Eagle. The school is one of the first to come on line following Congress' approximately $3.7 billion allocated to improve schools that our military dependents attend.  

Media note: If you want to cover the ceremony, please contact Mr. Nat Fahy, Camp Lejeune Public Affairs Officer, at 910-451-7440, to arrange for an escort.