Blue Ribbon Schools

Two area schools receive a national honor.

Lost River Elementary in Warren County and Southern Elementary in Ohio County are named "2005 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools."

Nationwide around 300 schools are honored with this award and there's only four in Kentucky!

Lost River is a school with 175 students who speak English as a Second Language and around 24 different languages.

ESL teacher, Cathy Cummings says: "It doesn't matter what language they're speaking, or what country they come from. We approach it all the same way, with open arms."

The Blue Ribbon Award is given to schools that are academically superior in their states or that have dramatic gains.

Cummings says: "They come from such diverse populations and it just goes to prove any child can excel and succeed when they have obstacles to overcome."

The faculty at the school is proud of each and every one of its students.

Principal Jim Goff says: "We all hold fast to the belief that where you come from, the color of your skin, and the amount of money that mom and dad make doesn't determine the quality of your mind. So every child that walks through these doors has a great mind."

Principal Goff says he gives all of the credit to the teachers and students who work so hard everyday.

Besides Lost River and Southern Elementary two other Kentucky schools were named as blue ribbon schools. Those are Brodhead Elementary in Rockcastle County, and Salyersville Elementary in Magoffin County.

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