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Sep 15, 2011 6:02 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Wildflower Elementary School gets national recognition

"Wildflower kids are ready to go," says former Wildflower Elementary principal and current Centennial Elementary School principal Dr. Wendy Birhanzel.

Wildflower Elementary was one of three Colorado schools, the others include Heritage Elementary in Pueblo and Las Animas Elementary in Las Animas, to receive the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools award.

305 schools across the nation were recognized. It's given by the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The award is based on the overall academic excellence or the success in closing achievement gaps.

For the last five years, Wildflower has been making huge strides in closing their achievement gaps. "[The] average performance of kids was around 40% proficiency in reading, writing and math," says Birhanzel. "Currently, it's in the 90%," she adds.

"This is a testament that all kids can do it with quality and focused instruction. We can overcome any challenges that exist," says Birhanzel.

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