Page, Yellow Creek schools receive national honors

By Anthony Cloud acloud@civitasmedia.com

January 24, 2014

The Bell County School District had two schools receive “Schools of Distinction” honors from College For Every Student (CFES).

The honor is for the schools’ efforts in creating high levels of college readiness and for raising aspirations among their students.

Page and Yellow Creek school centers made the list of 25 schools recognized in 11 states.

The announcement was made during the school board meeting on Tuesday.

“That’s a tremendous honor,” said Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam. “I’m tickled to death about that.”

The CFES “School of Distinction” award recognizes schools that have exemplary programs incorporating the three CFES core practices — leadership through service, mentoring and pathways to college.

A news release states the schools provide intensive exposure to the three practices for targeted students, known as CFES Scholars.

It says they also create a college-going culture that promotes college readiness and success for their entire student body.

There were only three other schools in Kentucky making the list of 25. Those schools were Jackson County Middle School in McKee, Knox County Middle School and Lynn Camp Middle/High School.

The release states attaining “School of Distinction” status is a year-long endeavor that recognizes successful school journeys to build readiness school wide.

Schools are assessed through their end-of-year portfolios and final reports.

Through photos, statistics, writing samples and written initiatives, schools document their leadership through service activities, mentoring programs, campus visits and college knowledge attained by their students.

“These schools are the best of the best and I congratulate them for their great work in giving their students opportunities that are putting them on the path to college,” said CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton.

CFES is a national nonprofit that helps under-served students prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.

The organization is based Essex, N.Y. and works with 200 schools in 24 states.

Anthony Cloud can be reached at 606-248-1010, ext. 1125 or on Twitter @AnthonyCloudMDN.