Amarillo's Whittier Elementary accepts Blue Ribbon award in Washington, D.C.
The award was given to the school by the Department of Education. Blue Ribbon schools are recognized for academic excellence and making strides in closing achievement gaps among student groups.
Pictured above, from left, are Bea Enevoldsen, principal; Aba Kumi, National Blue Ribbon Schools director; Kelly Gee, Whittier teacher; and Christina Ritter, Amarillo ISD's chief leadership and support officer.
Whittier Elementary, 2004 N. Marrs St., serves kindergarteners through fifth-graders in northeast Amarillo and is one of 342 schools nationwide to receive this year's award.