Created: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:28:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 09:17:13 EST
Students at one Houston County school celebrated after being ranked among the state's elite.
Georgia State School Superintendent, John Barge, was at Centerville Elementary to give them the news firsthand of being named one of 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence.
"We feel like we are a school of excellence not just this year but every day and to show that off to everyone is amazing," said Tonya Maddox the Principal, Centerville Elementary.
Georgia Schools' Superintendent John Barge visits schools across the state showing the greatest improvement and/or highest achievement. "Centerville made the greatest gains and this is not their first time being recognized as a Georgia school of excellence," he said after the assembly in the school’s gymnasium.
Parents of students at Centerville Elementary say they feel encouraged about their children’s education.
"We are just very excited because we love this school. Centerville Elementary I am passionate about,” said Colleen Johnston, the president of the Centerville Elementary Parent Teacher Organization. “It is a wonderful wonderful school. The teachers are wonderful and the kids work very hard. So, we deserve it!"
Centerville Elementary gets a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to spend on the school’s needs.
Teachers will also receive massages provided by United Health Care.
Centerville Elementary School and Quail Run Elementary School have been named 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement. State Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Barge announced twenty-eight Schools of Excellence in August, chosen from each Congressional District for showing the greatest improvement or highest achievement across the state. Centerville Elementary School and Quail Run Elementary School are both in the 8th congressional district.