RENO, NV - The all-day kindergarten class at Lenz Elementary School is busy working with their 6th grade buddies on a writing exercise.
“So if they say something a little funny, I want your write exactly what they tell you,” says the teacher as she instructs the 6th graders to work with the kindergarteners.
Innovative lessons like this are one reason Kari Benoy and her husband have no qualms about sending their 3rd and 5th grader here.
“My husband and I actually moved to this neighborhood because of Lenz and we were excited for our kids to come here,” says Benoy.
News that Lenz has achieved Blue Ribbon status according to national education standards does not come as a surprise to Benoy.
The principal here says she was asked to submit her students' testing scores in math, reading, writing and science for the previous four years.
“The application process asked questions such as in five to 600 words talk to us about your curriculum and how your teachers helped your students get such great scores,” says Teri Vaughn, Lenz principal.
Vaughn says she believes other schools can earn Blue Ribbon status.
It means, though, a commitment from everyone: administration, teachers, students, and parents.
And Vaughn says she is fortunate to work in such an environment.
December 3rd, students at Lenz will be awarded their blue ribbon plaque, and a special flag will be unfurled.
The principal says she'll display the flag in a prominent place; she just doesn't know where yet.
Hunsberger in southwest Reno plans on having an opening house and Blue Ribbon Ceremony as well.
Their event is scheduled for December 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 in the evening at the school.