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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 Valleyâ€™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.
â€śThis is the day weâ€™ve been waiting for,â€ť said Principal Giuseppe â€śJoeâ€ť Gencarelli.
The day began with the pledge of allegiance and the Hope Valley School pledge. Then the students rose to perform a song titled â€śresponsible,â€ť 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 nationâ€™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.
â€śEver since we found out the news about this really, really important award, we could not wait for today,â€ť 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.
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