Letort recognized by U.S. Rep. Smucker for Blue Ribbon award

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker visited Letort Elementary School Wednesday to formally recognize students and staff for earning the 2019 National Blue Ribbon School award.

Smucker presented Letort principal Carly McPherson with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in recognition of Letort’s “incredible achievement and committment to educational excellence.”

Smucker also presented a proclamation that he read before the House of Representatives in honor of the school’s 2019 National Blue Ribbon award.

The recognition came during the school’s monthly all-school assembly, which included a presentation by second-graders on fire safety, the naming of Students of the Month and the singing of the Letort school song.

Students and staff were decked out in National Blue Ribbon School T-shirts for the event.

Letort is only the fourth school in Lancaster County to receive the national honor since it was established in 1982. The Blue Ribbon award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

Letort was cited as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School and was singled out for “whole school improvement” because reading and math test scores for all students have consistently exceeded state improvement levels over the past two to four years.

Only 18 schools in Pennsylvania were nominated this year for the award by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Letort was formally recognized Nov. 15 during the 2019 Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony outside Washington, D.C., along with 361 other public and private schools, by the U.S. Department of Education.

Many thanks to Rep. Smucker for honoring the students, staff and families of Letort Elementary!