Elementary South’s 2019 National Blue Ribbon Award was not only celebrated at a student assembly, but at the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 19. Dr. Martin, Elementary South Principal, and Ms. Hunter, Assistant Principal, gave a presentation on the elaborate, year-long application process, and described ways in which the school celebrated once it received the award. In addition to several events, numerous students created posters and other designs for a special Blue Ribbon art wall. A song and video were created. The student-led Spirit Squad launched a door decorating contest, as well as a t-shirt sale. The $600.00 raised through the sale was donated to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, a leader in the work to defeat childhood cancer.
“The National Blue Ribbon Award acknowledges and validates the hard work of students, educators, families and communities striving for and attaining exemplary achievement,” said Dr. Martin. “It is an absolute career highlight for me to be part of this process and receive this honor.”
After the presentation, the National Blue Ribbon Seal was unveiled. “On Behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication,” said Board President Robin Cleek.