LUMBERTON – East Robeson Primary School is one of five schools in the state to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for its excellence in performance.
Dr. Lewis Cox, principal of East Robeson Primary School, said the recognition is the result of teamwork.
“We are very excited to receive this award. The achievement of this award pays tribute to what the students of Robeson County can accomplish. Over the past few years, the East Robeson community has not wavered from our goal of providing the best opportunity possible to our students,” Cox said.
“When a school community collaborates, communicates, and works together to help one another, great things will happen. We look forward to another great year,” he added.
Public Schools of Robeson County Superintendent Dr. Freddie Williamson commended Cox and his staff for the achievement.
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work of Mr. Cox and his staff members and the excellence that the Public Schools of Robeson County strives for. We celebrate this momentous achievement made possible by everyone working as one team to accomplish one goal: the success of our students,” Williamson said.
National Blue Ribbon Schools statewide
Joining the school in the recognition are the following schools: Weatherstone Elementary School, Wake County Schools; Seventy-First Classical Middle School, Cumberland County Schools; W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gaston County Schools; and Southeastern Academy Charter School, Lumberton.
The schools were recognized today by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. The five schools are among 297 schools nationwide recognized this year for their overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps.
“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams,” Cardona said.
“As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children,” he said. “Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives.”
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt congratulated North Carolina’s five recipients for responding to the challenges of the pandemic not only by keeping expectations high for students, but also ensuring the strong teaching, learning and support that students need to reach them.
“These five schools exemplify the best of public education in North Carolina,” Truitt said. “Their entire school communities – including educators, students and parents – are helping to lead the way toward stronger schools across the state and ever better outcomes for students.”
About the National Blue Ribbon School Award
The coveted National Blue Ribbon School Award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools across the nation.
Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has conferred approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. In North Carolina, a total of 172 schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon schools since the program’s inception in 1982.
All Blue Ribbon schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.
This year, North Carolina’s five recipients were honored as Exemplary High Performing Schools. Joining the school in the recognition are the following schools: Weatherstone Elementary School, Wake County Schools; Seventy-First Classical Middle School, Cumberland County Schools; W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gaston County Schools; and Southeastern Academy Charter School, Lumberton.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Department of Education invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education.
Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at https://www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/. Information in this news release can also be found at https://www.dpi.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2022/09/16/five-nc-schools-earn-national-blue-ribbon-recognition.