Crown Point’s Eisenhower school celebrates Blue Ribbon award
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent November 18, 2011 2:48PM
The Bulldog inside Eisenhower Elementary School, in Crown Point, wears a Blue Ribbon during the schools celebration of being one of the best elementary schools in the nation on Friday, November 18, 2011. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 20, 2011 8:05AM
CROWN POINT — School children dressed in a sea of blue T-shirts cheered Friday as they watched the Blue Ribbon School flag run up the flagpole at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School.
The flag-raising was a part of the National Blue Ribbon School Award ceremony at the Crown Point elementary school, one of only nine elementary schools in Indiana to achieve the national honor.
“It didn’t happen out of the blue,” Principal Mary Ann Chapko told the students, teachers, staff and local dignitaries on hand to mark the occasion. Chapko and Superintendent Teresa Eineman spent the earlier part of the week in Washington, D.C., where Eisenhower was honored with other like schools for the achievement.
Chapko credited each staff member at the school, from teachers to cafeteria personnel, with always putting the students first and working hard to make sure each student achieved his or her goals and she urged everyone to continue those efforts.
As part of the ceremony teachers and staff received a Blue Ribbon pin presented by a current or former student with a special message.
“We all know attaining the blue ribbon is not the end of the race. It’s just the start,” she said.
Mayor David Uran was among local officials to share a congratulatory message. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., were also on hand.
“Our schools are the No. 1 reason why people locate here,” Uran said. The quality of the schools gives the city a competitive edge in attracting new residents. It also gives students who live in Crown Point the opportunity to get top-notch education.
“You’re gonna get the best education, the best opportunity to be the leaders of tomorrow,” he said.
School Board President Scott Angel, while thanking students, teachers, staff and administrators for the hard work that led to the accomplishment, said students need also to remember their parents. He told the student body that even though it was a Friday, he wanted to send them home with a homework assignment.
“When you go home today you need to thank your parents. They push you every day to be a good student,” Angel said.