Principal Karen Shaw’s arms are bruised because she keeps pinching herself. She was shocked to learn that Columbia Elementary School in Colorado Springs will be receiving a Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education.
“We got our Blue Ribbon for continuing to grow over time,” she said.
One of Colorado Springs’ oldest schools, opened up in 1898, they will soon be enjoying national attention. It has the student body buzzing.
Third, 4th and 5th grade teacher Aaron Lentner has his hands full with three grade levels in one class. He wouldn’t have it any other way – it was his idea,
“They’re learning from each other, interacting in different ways for them and just learning things they might not learn in a traditional classroom,” Lentner said.
His students agree.
“It’s pretty great,” one of them said. “We get to do a lot of projects, which i love to do.”
The Blue Ribbon recognition means a lot to Principal Shaw, as she fully admits the lack of resources at Columbia Elementary. Secretaries, teachers, even the principal herself pull double duty to get things done.
It’s no wonder Columbia Elementary is a Blue Ribbon School.