Windthorst Elementary School receives a blue ribbon for academic performance

One out of 28 schools to be honored with a blue ribbon award

Windthorst Elementary wins national Blue Ribbon award

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Windthorst Elementary School received The U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award for high academic performance.

The Blue Ribbon Award recognizes academic achievements of schools around the U.S. every five years, and with more than 5,000 schools in the state of Texas, it’s a huge accomplishment.

“It felt like we were finally being recognized for hard work and I know all teachers everywhere work hard but I feel like are kids are exceptional and the more we ask of them the more they give and they don’t give up,” said Karen Mcanne, a 5th grade teacher in Windthorst.

The award was given to the school because of it’s high STAAR Test scores from the previous school years but the staff at Windthorst Elementary says everybody in the community is to thank for helping win The Blue Ribbon Award.

“They didn’t just look at ‘oh you have this score,’ it was more about how do you make your school great, relationship with your kids, what sets your school apart from other schools,” said Shelia Hise, a 3rd grade teacher in Windthorst.

There was supposed to be a ceremony in Washington for The Blue Ribbon Award in November, but due to COVID-19 that had to be cancelled.

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