On Friday, September 7, students and staff at South River Elementary School celebrated the announcement from U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, that they had earned an extraordinary award. The Grottoes school was tagged a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. SRES is among only 269 public and private schools in the nation singled out for their “overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels,” according to the US Department of Education website.
“The South River faculty, parents and students are to be commended for this honor, and award of excellence! They have worked hard as a school to reach each child ensuring their academic success. Join me in congratulating South River for this exemplary honor!” lauded Rockingham County Superintendent Dr. Carol Fenn in an announcement to the school division.
In a November ceremony in Washington, D.C., school representatives will receive a plaque and a flag to signify the school’s status as National Blue Ribbon School.
See Mr. Shifflett’s announcement to the school: