MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 School received a large check Tuesday morning.
Marked Tree Middle School was honored for its academic achievement as well as student growth over the last year.
Arkansas State Representative Dwight Tosh presented the check for more than $11,000 in honor of the state Learns program.
The Learns program honors schools who meet certain goals through state testing and graduation rates.
"It really gives them something to say 'hey we appreciate, the state appreciates the job you are doing, and we want to be able to recognize you for these accomplishments,'" Tosh said.
Tosh said this amount of money means a lot to a rural school district like Marked Tree.
"So many of these rural school district, we know they struggle, financially they struggle," Tosh said. "To be able to do this for them, especially when they set the bar and said hey this is what we are going to do."
Community members, as well as students, attended the ceremony.
The superintendent along with the principal spoke about the honor and how proud they were of the students' dedication to excellence.
Tosh's district, District 52, had three schools receive this honor.
The other two were Swifton and Valley View.
Tosh presented those two checks Monday.
Tosh said it was a pleasure to have three schools in one district receive the award.
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