An elementary school in Danbury has been named as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
Morris Street School is Danbury's first National Blue Ribbon School. The k-5 school with some 370 students who attend, was named as a School of Distinction last year when accountability reports were released.
All Blue Ribbon selected schools demonstrated outstanding overall achievement and Morris Street was identified for their work toward closing Connecticut's achievement gap. Half the students are English learners and more than 80 percent are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.
Morris Street School houses a family resource center, and together they work to strengthen the ties between the school and the families by providing programs, family support, and access to a variety of resources. Additionally, Morris Street School started a volunteer program with the support of local faith-based organizations that has been hugely successful, leading to expansion of the program in four other Danbury schools.