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Oakland named 'Blue Ribbon School'

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ee* Oakland Elementary has become the second school ever in Carroll County to earn recognition as a "Blue Ribbon School" from the U.S. Department of Education.

Oakland was one of 13 schools in Virginia to receive the designation, announced Sept. 15 by Arne Duncan, the U.S. secretary of education.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors those schools that show academic excellence or that demonstrates impressive gains in student achievement to above-average levels.

These schools serve as models for other schools throughout the state and the nation and details of their successes are shared on the U.S. Department of Education's website.

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) praised the accomplishments of Oakland and the 12 other schools in a news release last Thursday. "Virginia is home to a number of the nation's top performing schools, and I applaud each of the 13 that received the exemplary 'Blue Ribbon School' designation," Webb said. "A quality education is a prerequisite for economic opportunity and success not only for students but for the commonwealth, as well."

Oakland and the other schools will be honored at a November ceremony in the nation's capital, where each will receive a plaque and a flag signifying their accomplishments.

• For more information about the Blue Ribbon School Program, please visit the website at www.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.