Monday, December 09, 2019
WYTHEVILLE, Va. – The Wythe County Board of Supervisors recognized Rural Retreat Elementary School for being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School.
Rural Retreat Elementary School Principal Alan Rouse said it is a great honor to be selected as a Blue Ribbon School.
“It’s a great honor for our school and our community,” Rouse said. “To be recognized nationally is a great honor. It’s a testament to the people that live in our community and it shows how much they value education. It couldn’t have happened to a better deserving group of students and faculty.”
Since 1982, more than 9,000 of America's schools have received this award that honors those who reflect the goals of high standards and accountability.
Black Lick District Supervisor Brian Vaught read the resolution at the Board of Supervisors November 26th meeting.
“It was an honor to present a resolution to Principal Rouse in recognition of their Blue Ribbon School award,” Vaught said. “The award itself is a testament to the hard work of Mr. Rouse, his faculty and staff, the students of Rural Retreat Elementary as well as the parents and guardians. Mr. Rouse has always emphasized a sense of excellence and community pride amongst everyone at Rural Retreat Elementary School and this award reflects that.”
The Blue Ribbon Schools were officially recognized at an awards ceremony November 14-15 in Washington D.C. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that demonstrate overall academic excellence or show success in closing achievement gaps.
The board recognized the school with a resolution that states:
Three hundred and twelve public schools were selected nationwide, out of more than 133,000 public schools in the nation, for the 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools award, which is one of the most prestigious education awards in the country. The Wythe County Board of Supervisors does hereby commend the faculty, staff, students, and parents of Rural Retreat Elementary School on achieving the status of a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School in 2019.
Rouse said he appreciates all the faculty and staff that work with the students at Rural Retreat Elementary School.
“Our school board gives us great support and our central office as well,” Rouse said. “We’ve got great support in our county.”