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Mid-Michigan school gets national recognition

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A Mid-Michigan school is getting national recognition.

Gaines Elementary is among the top 14 schools in the state for academics, and is reducing the gap between its best and worst performing students.

"A lot of people can't go to work and say I love my job, but I can,” Secretary Sandra Gibbons said.

Gibbons has been the secretary at Gaines Elementary in Swartz Creek for the last 15 years.

It’s a position she holds with pride, and now, she and the students and co-workers she calls family have a lot more to be proud of.

Gaines has just become one of the latest schools nationally recognized with the Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence.

The award is given to schools who have English and math scores in the top 15 percent of state assessments.

It’s a feat which new principal Michelle Telliga said the entire community played a part in.

“We have tons of volunteers, our parents are very involved, our community is very involved. They run enrichment programs for the kids voluntarily after school our staff and community members donate their time and materials and things,” Telliga said.

As part of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes both public and private qualifying schools. Teachers across the board at Gaines said they couldn't be more proud of each other, their students and their close community.

"I guess I feel like yes! People see what we're doing and we're doing it right. We work really hard here, we take it seriously, it's more than a job it's not just coming to work, we love the kids,” Kindergarten teacher Luann Stackpole said.

Representatives from the school will go to Washington, D.C. in November to formally accept the award.

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