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Elementary and Primary Education
Houston Independent School District
News Release
Tuesday, November 01, 2011

HISD’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Celebrate Accomplishment
Lyons Elementary, Challenge Early College High School, Eastwood Academy High School Recognized
by U.S. Department of Education

EA “Squatty” Lyons Elementary, one of HISD’s three National Blue Ribbon schools, is celebrating its grand accomplishment with a community celebration to include a parade, music and ice cream for all attendees.  The celebration will take place on Thursday, November 10 at 1:30p.m. at the school’s SPARK Park, 800 Roxella. 

“This is definitely something to celebrate with everyone – parents, students, staff and community members,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier.  “These schools represent the best in education and are excellent examples of communities working together for the good of the students.”

Dr. Grier and Board of Education Trustee Anna Eastman will speak at the Lyons event.  All attendees will receive cake and ice cream provided by Blue Bell Ice Cream and a blue ribbon as a symbol of the school’s national recognition.

“It is an honor to lead such great students, faculty members and staff and to be part of a community that is so proud of their school,” said Lyons Principal Cecilia Gonzales.  “We could not have received such a prestigious award without everyone doing their part.”

HISD’s Challenge Early High School and Eastwood Academy High School were also recognized as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools.  This award honors public and private schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students.

Challenge Early College High School’s celebration was on October 17 and Eastwood Academy High School’s will be on November 11.

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