Norton Submits Congressional Record Statement Honoring D.C. Blue Ribbon Schools of 2021

Oct 5, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) submitted a congressional record statement today honoring the three D.C. schools to be recognized this year by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups: BASIS DC Public Charter School, Eaton Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School.

In her statement, Norton commends Eaton Elementary for providing “a culturally enriching education for its diverse student body.” She also praises BASIS DC for its students’ large number of college scholarships earned and Lafayette Elementary for emphasizing the importance of “integrating the arts into all subject areas.”

The full statement is below.

 

 

Statement of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

 

Honoring Washington, D.C.’s 2021 Blue Ribbon Schools

 

October 5, 2021

 

Madam Speaker, I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in congratulating three District of Columbia schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

            For the past 39 years, the Department of Education has recognized schools for overall academic excellence or for reducing achievement gaps.  Since 1982, over 40 schools in the District have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools.  This year, BASIS DC Public Charter School, Eaton Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School were selected as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

            BASIS DC Public Charter School, located in downtown near the Smithsonian museums, was established in 2012 and serves 640 students in grades 5-12.  BASIS DC’s school mascot is the Red Giants.  Students at BASIS are proactive in attaining college scholarships.  The total amount of college gift aid earned by the Class of 2017 was over $700,000.  I applaud BASIS DC and its students for securing scholarships for college education and for its recognition this year as a National Blue Ribbon School.

            Located in Cleveland Park, Eaton Elementary School strives to provide a culturally enriching education for its diverse student body.  Established in 1910, Eaton Elementary serves 467 students in grades PK-5.  Partnering with the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., Eaton Elementary created its Student Sleuth Program, which allowed fourth-grade students to learn grass-roots research in investigating their school’s history.  I applaud Eaton Elementary School for its recognition this year as a National Blue Ribbon School.

            Lafayette Elementary School, located in Chevy Chase., serves 940 students in grades PK-5.  Lafayette Elementary was established in 1928 and emphasizes the importance of integrating the arts into all subject areas to enrich their students’ learning experiences.  I applaud Lafayette Elementary School for its recognition this year as a National Blue Ribbon School.

            Madam Speaker, again, I ask the House of Representatives to join me in congratulating BASIS DC Public Charter School, Eaton Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School for their recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

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