Students, teachers, parents, and district staff all shared in 2009 Blue Ribbon celebration Tuesday  at Robinson School.
Each of the speakers credited involvement by the boys and girls from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade for attaining this coveted national recognition.
Robinson Principal Greg Taylor emceed the program and said hard work by the students and staff resulted in this national Blue Ribbon School recognition from the U.S. Department of Education. He said the students did an “excellent job” of focusing on high achievement learning.
Over the past three school years, Robinson has been saluted with Achievement Awards from the state governor’s office.
Tuesday’s program began with a rousing tempo from the Augusta High School Drum Line.
School Superintendent Jim Lentz said the Augusta district adopted Student Achievement as a No. 1 goal shortly after he came five years ago. Robinson, like Garfield School which was the first district elementary to be honored as a National Blue Ribbon School, has made itself one of the top schools in the country.
Augusta School Board President Bob McCalla commended all who have been working “really, really  hard” to reach this special status for themselves and the school. The former elementary school principal said reaching a goal takes effort and persistence by everyone in the school community.
Augusta Mayor Kristey Williams, an alum of Robinson School, said each student had an important part in reaching the district goal.
Patrick Kerr of the U.S. Department of Education office in Kansas City, said Robinson is now one of the model schools for the country.
Another Robinson alum, Chuck Knapp of ?Congressman Todd Tiahrt’s office read comments from the national legislator who encouraged the children to “keep up the good work.”
Music teacher Kathy Winzer and Michelle Kelly led the special guests and student body in a hand-jive song putting the skills to work to make Robinson one of the greatest in the state.
A Powerpoint presentation of the Robinson delegation visit to Washington, D.C., mixed with local classroom scenes was played to “Stand Up For The Champions.”
Blue Bell ice cream treats were given to the students after the celebration.