National Blue Ribbon Award Goes To

Two local schools recently spent the afternoon celebrating their academic achievements.

Fry and White Eagle Elementary schools each held their own ceremonies after being named National Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education for their academic excellence.

Students heard words of encouragement from Representative Senger, Mayor Pradel, and Shirley Jones from the U.S. Department of Education.

Since 1982 the program has honored America’s elementary, middle, and high schools based on overall academic excellence or for improving student academic achievement levels.

“Today is a validation that the commitment the community has to do a great job. We have incredible kids that walk in everyday. We have staff that works their tails off and we have parents that support us, and any recognition that supports that or reinforces that it just helps us to work harder and do even better down the road,” said Fry Elementary Principal Dave Younce.

269 other schools in the nation also received the award alongside Principals Vogel and Younce at a formal ceremony they attended in Washington, D.C.

District 204 now has a total of four national blue ribbon schools.

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