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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Shaw Avenue earns national honor
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Andrew Hackmack/Herald
Students and staff at Shaw Avenue School dressed in their new favorite color following the announcement that the school earned a Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education.

On Nov. 18, Pernick and at least one other district official will head to Washington, D.C., for a ceremony honoring Blue Ribbon schools from across the nation. She will return with a plaque and a banner that will be hung on the building for the community to see. Shortly afterward, the district will hold a local ceremony to celebrate the accomplishment.

The application for the award was more than 20 pages, and included teachers’ testimonials. Much of it was completed by Stirling, Pernick and her immediate predecessor, Johane Ligonde.

Torres said the Blue Ribbon award is not only prestigious, but an indicator that school officials need to stay the course. “This just doesn’t fall in your lap,” she said. “It’s not a ‘who you know’ award. It’s an award that’s earned.”

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