The National Blue Ribbon Award is the highest award given to schools for their high level of achievement. Acacia Elementary in Vail was one of five schools that won the award in Arizona for 2017.
Terri Brooks has been the principal at Acacia for 4 1/2 years. Her greatest accomplishment was getting to know all the boys and girls at Acacia and building strong relationships with families. The U.S. Department of Education is the organization that hands out the award.
“It was an honor to receive the award for our students and our staff,” says Brooks, particularly because they only gave out 342 National Blue Ribbons.
I asked her what it takes to become a Blue Ribbon school. Brooks says, “You need great teachers, students who want to learn, and parents that support their students by helping them focus on their schoolwork, and get to school each day.”
Students and teachers also worked really hard to learn and do well on achievement testing. Winning the Blue Ribbon is not just about high academics or achievements, but it's more than just that. It's also about going to school where adults care about the children and want them to be happy, safe and successful.
So, if you want your school to earn a Blue Ribbon, students, staff and families should team up and be persistent when things become challenging.