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Blue Ribbon award a major win

November 25, 2011

Photo by Anthony aRusso

Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci talks with Hope Valley Elementary students before saying a few words in front of the microphone at the Blue Ribbon Award Assembly on Monday.

HOPE VALLEY - Monday was a special day at the award-winning Hope Valley Elementary School.

Students, teachers and faculty, along with a few distinguished guests, gathered together in the school gym for a celebration. The occasion was Hope Valley’s recognition by the U.S. Dept. of Education as a Blue Ribbon Award winner. This distinction was given to just over 300 schools nationwide this year, and Hope Valley Elementary was one of two Rhode Island recipients.

“This is the day we’ve been waiting for,” said Principal Giuseppe “Joe” Gencarelli.

The day began with the pledge of allegiance and the Hope Valley School pledge. Then the students rose to perform a song titled “responsible,” lead by music teacher Nancy Sherman.

After the emphatic performance, Gencarelli addressed the crowd. He had recently returned from a ceremony in Washington, D.C., commemorating all of the nation’s blue ribbon winning schools. The principal shared some pictures from his time in the capitol city in a slideshow.

The slideshow also contained small video clips of Hope Valley students proclaiming why they love their school.

The Commissioner of the Rhode island Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah A. Gist, who was at Hope Valley School for the first time, was next to step to the microphone.

“Ever since we found out the news about this really, really important award, we could not wait for today,” she began her address to the crowd. She went on to say how proud she is of all the students, teachers, and the whole Hope Valley community.

For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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