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Emerick Elementary celebrates its Blue Ribbon Award

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R) hands out pins to Emerick Elementary School teachers. Emerick Elementary was just awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award by Sec. of Education Betsy DeVos. Times-Mirror/Veronike Collazo
Blue ribbons were wrapped around trees on Emerick Elementary School grounds in Purcellville Monday as the school celebrated its recent national award.

Emerick Elementary won the National Blue Ribbon School Award as a School of Excellence by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Earlier this month, Principal Dawn Haddock went to Washington D.C., where DeVos presented her with the award, and during Tuesday’s assembly, she shared some of the secretary’s remarks.

“Of more than 130,000 schools in the United States, you have been recognized as the creme of the crop. Since the program started 35 years ago in 1982, only 8,500 schools have been recognized National Blue Ribbon Schools,” Haddock said, reading DeVos’ remarks.

National Blue Ribbon schools put students at the center of learning and implement individualized learning to best serve each student. Emerick was recognized for its deep impact on students, according to DeVos’ statement.

“A school is just a building. Your work, your care and your love makes this what goes on there something very special,” Haddock read.

Haddock and students thanked school administration, faculty, staff, volunteers, parents and community members for making this accomplishment possible.

“It takes a community, it takes a village, it takes all of us to make that difference,” Haddock said.

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Va.-10) also presented the school with a Congressional Record Statement recognizing the school for its national accomplishment.

“You see that this is a team effort and that’s what you all are a part of, a great team. And you’re going to have to be lifelong learners,” Comstock said. “The exciting thing is you’re going to have to learn new things all the time.”

Comstock invited the Emerick Elementary community to visit her in Capitol Hill, as she once visited when she was a child. She also shared her efforts as a member of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology to increase and support STEM education, a field that may very well be the future for many Emerick students, Comstock said.

Emerick Elementary will remain a Blue Ribbon School for five years and will then be able to re-apply for the award.

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