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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Fruit Street School Principal Richard Fournier and third grade teacher Dianne Johnson in her Washington, D.C., office. They were in D.C. for a Department of Education awards ceremony where Fruit Street School was recognized as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Fruit Street School is one of only three Maine schools—and one of only 362 public and private schools nationwide—to be recognized for this highly prestigious achievement in 2019.
“The Blue Ribbon designation is the highest honor an American school can obtain, and out of this year’s 362 honorees, three are from Maine. Fruit Street School earned this designation through a deep commitment to excellence by both the faculty and the community as a whole,” said Senator Collins. “During my meeting with Richard and Dianne, I presented them with a statement I entered in the Congressional Record recognizing the school’s success.”
For 35 years, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Blue Ribbon schools are recognized for overall academic excellence or for making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.