November 21, 2017

State School Superintendent visits CES

Pictured above are (L-R): Rodney Evans (Blue Bell Ice Cream), Heard County Superintendent Jerry Prince, CES Principal Dr.Carol Thomas, Gary Bane ( Blue Bell Ice Cream), and Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, along with several CES Students who are about to enjoy some celebratory ice cream (Photo: The Rosen Group)

Pictured above are (L-R): Rodney Evans (Blue Bell Ice Cream), Heard County Superintendent Jerry Prince, CES Principal Dr.Carol Thomas, Gary Bane ( Blue Bell Ice Cream), and Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, along with several CES Students who are about to enjoy some celebratory ice cream (Photo: The Rosen Group)

(Centralhatchee) – Georgia State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge, landed by helicopter at Centralhatchee Elementary School Thursday afternoon to present CES with the National Blue Ribbon School Award for the second time.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap is narrowing. The program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement.

In addition to receiving the award from Dr. Barge, all the students at CES were rewarded with a surprise ice cream party compliments of Blue Bell Creameries. The large assembly took place in the CES gymnasium.

“I congratulate Centralhatchee Elementary for being recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School,” said State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge. “I am so proud of all that the school has accomplished. The academic performance at CES is a result of focused students, teachers, education leaders and parents working together toward the same goal of high student achievement.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.

Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools program has honored more than 7,000 of America’s most successful schools for the past 31 years.

CES Principal Dr. Carol Thomas was excited about receiving the award on behalf of her school once again.

“We were honored that State Superintendent Dr. John Barge came to present the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award to Centralhatchee Elementary for the second time,” said Thomas.

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when teachers, parents, and the community  work together as a team to make sure that all students are provided a quality education on a daily basis! That’s what education is all about!”

Dr. Barge visited the school for about an hour before departing for his return trip to the State Capitol.

Blue Bell treated all 320 students, teachers, and staff members with ice cream to celebrate the momentous occasion.

“At Blue Bell, we recognize the importance of encouraging and honoring schools that have achieved educational excellence,” says Paul Kruse, CEO and president of Blue Bell Creameries.

“We are well aware that such high levels of achievement require tremendous effort from students, teachers, administrators and parents. This is Blue Bell’s way of showing how proud we are!”

 

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