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Two Blue Ribbon Award Winners Named in Kent County

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Brown Elementary School, in Byron Center Public Schools, and Wealthy Elementary School, in East Grand Rapids Public Schools, as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 in the category of “Exemplary High Performing Schools” based on their overall academic excellence and their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” Duncan said in a video message to the awardees. “Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you.

The Department will honor 285 public and 50 private schools nationally at the recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. In its 33-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on more than 8,000 of America’s schools.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

A total of 13 Michigan schools received the designation. In Ottawa County, Bursley Elementary School, in Jenison Public Schools, and Forest Grove Elementary School, in Hudsonville Public Schools, were also awarded.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

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