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Three Hudson Valley schools collect national blue ribbons
Representatives from three Hudson Valley schools travelled to Washington D.C. this week to collect their 2012 National Blue Ribbon awards. The schools are among 314 nationwide to receive the 2012 recognition.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private schools that either have high-performing students or students showing significant improvement.
All three Hudson Valley schools -- PEARLS Hawthorne School in Yonkers, Saint Martin de Porres School in Poughkeepsie, and Sanfordville Elementary School in Warwick -- were selected for high performance.
Becoming a National Blue Ribbon School is a badge of honor. Schools receive a plaque and flag to fly above their buildings and serve as models for other schools throughout the country. Their teachers and staff are often sought out as mentors, according to the Education Department.
Warwick schools Superintendent Ray Bryant said the award was a testament to the hard work of staff and parents of Sandfordville Elementary. This is the second elementary school in his district to receive the recognition, and the district aims to have all its schools recognized.
"We are all celebrating," Bryant said.
Pictured: PEARLS Hawthorne School recieves recognition from Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano for being named a National Blue Ribbon School during a September ceremony.