First published in the May 5 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
Photos by Mary Emily Myers
Outlook Valley Sun
The school community turned out in droves to celebrate the U.S. Department of Education’s naming of Palm Crest Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2021.
LCUSD administrators, the board of education, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette and the student body showed up for the ceremony. In addition, field representative Teresa Lamb Simpson ffrom U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff’s office presented the Blue Ribbon Flag.
Speeches were made by Sinnette, PCR Principal Cory Pak, Governing Board President Dan Jeffries and Schiff’s field representative Simpson.
“The awarding of a National Blue Ribbon School is the highest honor an American school can receive,” Sinnette said.
“I believe Palm Crest’s success in creating a positive learning environment for our students directly results from dedicated and talented teachers, hard-working staff, and the supportive parent community,” Pak said. “Our collective efforts and commitment to bring out the best in our children brought this wonderful recognition to our community.
“Additionally, I am grateful for Superintendent Wendy Sinnette and her cabinet and our Board of Trustees’ leadership and guidance. Together, we carefully planned and successfully navigated through the difficult pandemic period.
“Finally, I am most proud of my students for their achievements and their commitment and effort to be the best they can be each day. The coveted National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of our teachers, district and school staff, and wonderful PCR families and students.”