Coast Schools Win "Blue Ribbon" Status

Teachers say giving a child the best education possible is so much more than lecturing. It's working with students one on one, and encouraging parents and the community to get involved in molding students to be the best they can.

Debra Jackson, fourth grade teacher at Reeves Elementary says, "Because of the way everybody interacts together, whether it is the parents that come through the door, the teachers that work together." "It's a team effort and we are so proud not only of this recognition but of our students because they are the ones who really do shine forth in this school," says Carol Viator, teacher at Magnolia Park Elementary.

To apply for the Blue Ribbon Award, adminstrators spent hours filling out forms explaining programs, grades, accreditation requirements and countless other things that make their schools a success.

Reeves Principal Veronica Sprinkle says "It's a self examination of what we're doing for children and how we can do things better, what things we're doing well for children. It makes us really focus on what's child centered."

"When the U.S. Department of Education sends a representative down to look indepth at what we're doin' to measure the success that we've had, I think it validates that yes, what we're going is right for our children," says Magnolia Park Elementary Principal.

And that effort rates an "A" for all three schools on the U.S. Education Department's report card. Representatives from the schools will receive their blue ribbon banners in August when they meet with President Bush in Washington.  Along with the Coast schools, three elementary schools in Tupelo are blue ribbon winners.