Union Elementary School earns national award

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Students celebrate after hearing they earned the National Blue Ribbon Award (Photo By: Lakeeda / WWAY)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY (WWAY) — U.S. Secretary of Education Besty Devos had a special announcement for students at one Brunswick County Elementary School.

It was so important, it required every member’s attendance.

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Union Elementary School students are cheering because they know the amount of work they put in for this day.

Physical Education teacher, Robin Randolph says this is the first time she’s experienced this honor in the 30 years she’s worked here.

“I mean, we’ve just never gotten anything like this,” Robin Randolph said.

The school won it’s first National Blue Ribbon award.

“There were only two schools out of the nation chosen,” Randolph said.

Teachers say the school started working for this award about 5 years ago.

Randolph says the school won because of the dedication faculty, staff, and students have contributed to make this an exemplary high performing school.

Randolph stated, “Our school has achieved such excellence,”

We’re told the school was nominated one year ago.

State Superintendent Mark Johnson says he immediately re-arranged his schedule to be here when faculty gave him a call.

“Union Elementary School is proving that when Raleigh gives support to schools and gets out of the way, we can have great leaders,” Johnson said.