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Lincoln teachers and students excited to receive Blue Ribbon Award

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- A local school is getting national recognition for high student achievement. The U.S. Department of Education is honoring Lincoln Elementary in Cedar Falls with the Blue Ribbon Award.

"I never knew it was the best school out of America," said 3rd grader Gil Taiber.

The kids at Lincoln Elementary are excited to find out their hard work in the classroom is paying off for the district.

"Surprised, shocked, amazingly grateful that we won this award," commented 6th grader Emma Helvie.

"I was excited, happy," said 4th grader McKenna Holahan.

But here's the thing -- their teachers didn't do anything out of the ordinary to win the Blue Ribbon Award. And that's part of the reason they're one of about 300 top schools in the country: working to be the best is in their daily curriculum.

"I try to be the best I can be," noted Helvie.

Principal Debra Beving emphasizes, "being a kid of character, being a person of character. And part of that for us is -- are you being the best person you can be?"

That motto is working out well for Lincoln. The Blue Ribbon honor is given to schools with a history of high test scores and growing student achievement.

"Every professional in the district -- our teaching professionals, our paras, support staff, bus drivers, custodians, this isn't a job one person does. It's definitely a team spirit -- a community kind of project," said Beving.

So where do you go after you've reached the top? Beving plans to continue climbing higher.

"We know that our works never done. So it'll just go on, hopefully bigger and better for many years. I don't think with learning that you're ever -- you've never quite arrived," Beving added.

The U.S. Secretary of Education will present Beving and a Lincoln teacher with the Blue Ribbon Award at a ceremony in November. Four other Iowa schools are also receiving the award, including Kee High School in Lansing.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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