Cairo Elementary named 2022 National Blue Ribbon School

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Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 10:10 AM CDT
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HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The U. S. Department of Education has named five Kentucky public schools as 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence.

On that list includes Cairo Elementary School in Henderson County.

“This award shines a light on the dedication of school leaders, staff, teachers, families and communities to strive for, and attain excellence,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “I congratulate and thank our newest Blue Ribbon Schools for their hard work to ensure every student has the skills they need for a successful future.”

Education officials say the recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Cairo Elementary Principal Brooke Shappell says this recognition is due to the collaboration they encourage at the school.

“Very grateful, so humbled by it all,” Shapell said. “All that we do here at Cairo is centered around collaboration. That we are a team. We are a family first and that just speaks volumes about our school.”

Shappell says they will be receiving a flag soon that will signify their Blue Ribbon School status that they will proudly hang in front of their school.

In its 39-year history, officials say the national Blue Ribbon Schools program has become a trademark of excellence and a symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators throughout the nation.