Johnson Elementary Celebrates Academic Success

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What better way to celebrate a national Behind Blue Ribbon award than with blue balloons, painted faces, and a marching band.

Johnson Elementary celebrated the milestone accomplishment Friday afternoon in style. Bryan Mayor Mark Conlee recognized the young students with a city-wide proclamation.

The student body of 400 participated in the parade and musical numbers to celebrate their academic success. That success was felt by both past and present Johnson Elementary staff.

"I think this blue ribbon stuff couldn't get any better," Retired Teacher Diana Kurten said. "I told Mrs. Happ I don't think it's going to get any better unless we're in heaven. But this is a wonderful, wonderful acclamation of what Johnson is all about."

There are only 23 schools with the prestigious blue ribbon award in the state. This is the second time the school has received the top academic honor.

The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools program honors schools that are a grade above the rest, or who have made dramatic gains in student achievement.