St. Albert the Great celebrates National Blue Ribbon award - WDRB 41 Louisville News

St. Albert the Great celebrates National Blue Ribbon award

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thursday was a blue kind of day at St. Albert the Great Parish School. A good kind of blue, as students and staff celebrated their second National Blue Ribbon award from the United States Department of Education.

"We held a surprise assembly in the gym with blue balloons, blue beaded necklaces, blue candy, and music for the students on Sept. 29, the day U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Louisville’s St. Albert the Great Parish School as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, but we wanted to hold a more formal celebration honoring our administration, faculty, and students once our Principal and teacher representatives returned from Washington, D.C. after accepting the award,” said Janelle Richardson, Director of Development for St. Albert.

Students entered the school building Thursday like any ordinary day. However, it was not an ordinary day. All students and staff members started the morning by receiving special Blue Ribbon t-shirts to commemorate the schools achievement. Then 600 students plus teachers gathered outside to take a school-wide photo wearing their blue t-shirts, standing in a blue ribbon formation.

"I couldn't imagine what they would want more than to have a little bit of fun in school instead of going to classes," said Principal Bernadette Cooper. "So that's what we're doing this afternoon. The PTO has planned a mini field day for them."

The award means the school ranks among the nation's top 15 percent for highest performing schools. 

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