Elementary school receives national recognition

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

One Pike County Elementary School is getting some national recognition.

Southside Elementary is one of 304 schools nationwide to receive the 2011 Blue Ribbon Award.

Teachers are proud of the award. "Everybody making every effort they could to get these kids as far as they could go," said Third Grade Teacher Nickie Blackburn.

The effort is paying off. State education officials say Southside is one of the highest performing schools in the state.

"We may be just a small school in eastern Kentucky, but we know from the administration down, from the board down, that we can do great things, that our kids are very capable and we've always strived to do the best with them," said Blackburn.

The U.S. Department of Education is paying attention to this small school in Eastern Kentucky.

The school is named a 2011 "National Blue Ribbon School."
"It is such a prestigious award, and we are all so thrilled to be receiving it," said Principal Jill Maynard. "All of our teachers, students, parents, work so hard to make sure that every child learns everything they possibly can."

They say the real reward is not the blue ribbon, but rather leading students to learn and succeed.

Representatives from Southside will go to Washington D.C. in November for a ceremony to accept the award.

Four other Kentucky public schools were named 2011 Blue Ribbon Schools. They are North Middletown Elementary in Bourbon County, W. R. McNeill Elementary in Bowling Green, Woodfill Elementary in Ft. Thomas, and Gamaliel Elementary in Monroe County.

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