The Catholic Transcript | 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools
Created 2-Nov-12
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Two Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. Ceremonies were held on Nov. 22 to commemorate the awards. Federal, state, town and archdiocesan representatives attended the ceremonies at the award-winning St. James School in Manchester and St. Martha School in Enfield. Ceremonies at both schools included addresses by the U.S. Department of Education, a proclamation by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, an archdiocesan plaque, and the unveiling of a National Blue Ribbon flag. Essays and poems written by students were read during the ceremonies. Students in both schools were awarded a Homework-Free Week by Dale Hoyt, superintendent of schools.The Blue Ribbon program was established by the U. S. Department of Education to recognize high performing and dramatically improved schools. In 2010, only 304 schools across the nation were named Blue Ribbon Schools, fifty were Catholic Schools. Having two schools in the Archdiocese named as Blue Ribbon Schools is really something to celebrate. (Photos by Lenora Sumsky)
Archbishop Mansell greets students near the stairwell at St. James School in Manchester.Dale R. Hoyt, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Hartford, speaks.Patricia Curry, elementary teacher at St. James School in Manchester, unveils the Blue Ribbon Banner at ceremonies at St. James School in Manchester.The reception also included music provided by the school’s band, singing and poems recited by the students.The ceremony also included music provided by the school’s band, singing and poems recited by the students.The ceremony also included music provided by the school’s band, singing and poems recited by the students.

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