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GHR Blue Ribbon Celebration

Paula Sandahl

Coventry’s George Hersey Robertson School celebrates with a
2020 National Blue Ribbon Celebration!

On Friday, June 4, George Hersey Robertson School (GHR) celebrated its recognition as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School. Under the leadership of Principal Jennifer DeRagon and Physical Education teacher Lisa Dutton, students celebrated with a Blue Ribbon ceremony. To kick off the event, a new school song, “Spike’s Anthem” was premiered. During this event, Grade 5 band students performed for an outside audience, collaboratively created an art installation, and competed in track and field events. Students also learned about the summer reading program at GHR and the Booth and Dimock Memorial Library and selected a free summer reading book. In addition, the Little Free Library was unveiled and is now open for community use.

In September, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized Coventry’s George Hersey Robertson School (GHR) as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of GHR educators, families, and the Coventry community in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. As of 2018, there were 130,930 public and private schools in the nation. With 367 public and private schools being recognized, this places GHR in the top 1% of schools in the United States. In November, GHR was recognized at the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony, and Senator Joe Courtney presented the school with a plaque and flag which are proudly displayed in the school lobby.

For more information, please contact GHR Principal, Jennifer DeRagon at or 860-742-7341.

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