U.S. Secretary of Education awards Region 8 school

U.S. Secretary of Education awards Region 8 school

WEINER, AR (KAIT) - One Region 8 school won the award of a lifetime Wednesday.

The U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced this year's National Blue Ribbon Schools Wednesday afternoon and Weiner Elementary was on the list.

Although many schools across the nation were up for the recognition, only 329 were selected.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Blue Ribbon award "affirms the hard work of the students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content."

Weiner Elementary Principal Pam Hogue was excited about the honor and proud of her school's accomplishment.

"At the moment, it's still kind of surreal," said Hogue. "It's something I never thought would happen. To be nationally recognized means so much to our community."

"The sheer excitement in all of the student's faces was worth the time and effort that each one put towards the award," Harrisburg School District Superintendent Danny Sample said.

Sample was thrilled to have a school of that quality within the Harrisburg School District.

Teachers, parents, and other community members were also in attendance for the big celebration and enjoyed blue ribbon cupcakes and lots of silly string.

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