After winning a national award for academic excellence, a local elementary school decided it was time to take a day off. We caught up with the students while they were cutting class.
Gate City Elementary School in Pocatello was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award for academic excellence this year, being the first school in District 25 to ever be nominated, much less win.
“It’s not that we go, oh we want to win this award, but it’s nice that there are people out there recognizing that it takes everybody to make sure that kids succeed,” said Gate City’s Principal, Deanne Dye.
To celebrate the honor, the school staff and PTA let the kids play hooky this morning, treating them to a movie day before sending them on Thanksgiving break.
“Well, being at school’s like a 3. And being at a movie is like a 10,” said 4th grader Saydree Bell.
Being at school may only be a 3 on the fun scale, but Principal Dye was definitely a 10 on the proud scale of how hard the students and teachers have worked to earn this award.
She told us, “I am honored to be their principal and honored to work in this district, and with the school, incredible kids, smart kids, respectful kids, kind kids, and great supportive parents.”
This fun day at the movies was funded by Stan’s Towing, Zion’s Bank, and Bank of Idaho, but wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and planning of the PTA.
Jamie Bell, who is the president of PTA, said, “I think they need to see a result of all their hard work, and this is something that they think is so fun. It’s just a great opportunity for them to be able to relax for one day, not worry about school, and we definitely tried to connect it and remind them continually why they’re getting this, it’s because of the amazing accomplishment they did with the test scores.”
Gate City Elementary is the only school in District 25 that doesn’t receive additional Title I funding, so with the award money they are upgrading the school’s technology to match what the rest of the district already has.