Students at Quincy's Dewey Elementary are receiving the best of the best when it comes to education, that according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
And Monday, the school was recognized for its achievements in a very special ceremony.
It was a first of its kind ceremony today for a Quincy school. A packed gym at Dewey Elementary burst into a thunderous cheer as their principal accepted the school's 10th straight spotlight school award.
"Our schools have seen decreases in funding every year for the past three years. So the fact that schools have rallied and continued to demonstrate this kind of progress really deserves this kind of recognition," said Illinois State Superintendent Christopher Koch.
Koch says the award was given out to 105 high poverty, high performing schools that are beating the odds by overcoming the achievement gap. But it's the hard work and determination back in the classroom that set schools like Dewey apart.
Teachers at Dewey have their own explanation for Dewey's continued success.
"We really have the ISAT in mind from the day school starts it's in our mind, so we focus on what the kids need to know from day one," said Sharon Phillips.
"For some reason it really clicks here at Dewey, we help each other, the kids help each other, I think it's all of the programs that are working here together," said Marty Rubottom.
For a school that was compared in Monday's ceremony to "the little engine that could," the only thing that matters is for ten straight years is that they did.
"The number of times that Dewey had gained this award really differentiates them, and again we've not had any others, we've had some that have made it multiple times but not that have made it ten times," said Koch.
Seven other Illinois schools were recognized in today's ceremony. Nauvoo Elementary and West Prairie South Elementary being the only other schools in the area earning a spotlight school award.
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