Posted: Oct 22, 2010 5:42 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Oct 22, 2010 5:43 PM
Eunice Elementary is one of only four schools in Louisiana to be named a Blue Ribbon School.
Kindergartener Abigail Sonnier said, "there's really good students here and they have been working really hard to learn."
Sonnier has one more reason to be proud of Eunice Elementary...she can now tell people she attends a Blue Ribbon School--a title most elementary students can't claim.
St. Landry Parish superintendent, Michael Nassif , said "it's not just a one year measurement. It is something that happens over a period of years. We were so excited because it is a very special recognition."
Principal of Eunice Elementary, Irma Trosclair, said "it was wonderful for me to bring to them such an announcement-- to confirm that what they are doing, people are noticing."
Trosclair said the school has come a long way since she first walked in the door eight years ago.
"I think our performance score was in the lower 80's, we are now at 122.1," she said.
Not every school in the nation can be a Blue Ribbon School, in order to to qualify, you have to meet minimum requirements.. such as having a high poverty rate.
State Deputy Superintendent of Louisiana Education, Ollye Tyler, said "it shows you can educate all children and educate them at all levels and with a world class education."
Tyler said it was important for her to come to the school's celebration-- to let Eunice elementary know they set an example for the entire state.
"We want them to know that we appreciate the hard work, the dedication and the excellence and that the portray for the rest of the state," she said. "They've brought honor to the entire state."