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White Street Receives National Award

September 29, 2017

The United States Department of Education is recognizing White Street Elementary School as one of 342 American Blue Ribbon Schools – one of the nation’s most coveted awards in education.

“This is an outstanding achievement,” said Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick. “We could not be more excited, more pleased or any happier for the staff, students and families of White Street School, and I especially applaud Principal Kristen Hughes for her leadership.”

Hughes credited White Street School staff, students and families for working tirelessly to make sure every child reaches their full academic potential. Student achievement in math, reading and science are at an all-time high, she said.

“We are very honored to receive this national recognition,” said Hughes. “It has been a complete team effort and it’s extremely rewarding to know that the hard work and dedication that has everyone put in has been recognized at this level. We’re focused on getting better and better every day.”

Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

Said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: “National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future.” DeVos made her comments during a press event held today in Washington, D.C. and broadcast live on the National Blue Ribbons School website. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders,” DeVos said. “You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”

DeVos and the Department of Education will celebrate with honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on November 6th.

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