The trees near Lincoln Elementary and Bryan Middle School here in Elmhurst have recently sprouted a crop of blue ribbons. It’s part of the celebration honoring the two schools as “Exemplary High Performing” institutions as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

Back in September, the schools were notified of their achievements – 2 of only 21 in the state, and 269 nationwide to be awarded blue ribbon status. In early November, Lincoln Principal, Kathleen Tomei, and third-grade teacher, Barb Clancy, joined Bryan Principal, John Glimco, and eighth-grade teacher, Kurt Baumeister, on a trip to Washington, D.C. to accept their awards. Last week, students at both schools were able to celebrate with pep rallies, dignitaries, and a flood of school spirit.

Among the dignitaries invited to attend celebrations at the schools were District 205 Superintendent, David Pruneau, Elmhurst Mayor, Pete DiCianni, District 205 School Board President, Jim Collins, and Illinois State Board of Education member, Jim Baumann. “This is a significant accomplishment, “ said David Pruneau, “that is indicative of all the work that goes on in all of our schools.” All of Elmhurst’s schools are very highly rated across the board by, and earn a score of 9 out of a possible 10 citywide in addition to very high individual ratings.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, “The National Blue Ribbon School Program was the brainchild of the second Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, named by President Reagan. Best known for commissioning the study of American education that resulted in A Nation at Risk, Bell created the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in 1982 to bring public attention to the best schools in the United States and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools.”

We really love celebrating the achievements of our schools and our students. Their accomplishments reflect the spirit and vitality of our communities, and offer proof that Elmhurst is an excellent place to call home. The Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group can help you make the most of Elmhurst, too. With community knowledge, industry experience, and personal dedication, our team is the best place to start on the road to home ownership in Elmhurst. Contact us today at 540 South York St. in Elmhurst, or at (630) 567-5902. Please note also that we are moving in early December to 210 N. York Rd., Elmhurst.