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Garrisonville named Blue Ribbon school
Principals and teachers across the country tuned in to hear Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announce the national Blue Ribbon schools Tuesday morning.
But Alexis White, principal of Garrisonville Elementary School, was still unloading buses during Duncan’s live speech.
So she missed the news that her North Stafford school is one of 286 across the country to receive the national distinction.
She received congratulatory calls and emails through the rest of the day. But White was quick to shrug off the praise; she just started at the helm of Garrisonville Elementary in August.
“It’s a blessing just to be here at all,” White said. “But this is a recognition that the staff and students have worked so hard for.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private schools for their performance on standardized tests. Schools make the list either for having high scores or for showing significant improvement.
Garrisonville Elementary is one of 10 Virginia schools—seven public, three private—to receive this year’s award.
“National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence,” Duncan said in a prepared statement. “And their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
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