New York School was honored Tuesday as one of 56 elementary and secondary schools in low-income areas nationwide that are showing success in improving student achievement.
Principal Sharen Steele and intermediate teacher Margie Eaton traveled to New Orleans to receive the award, which was presented in conjunction with the annual convention of the International Reading Assn.
All of the schools that were honored receive aid from Title I, the largest U.S. Department of Education program to help children in public schools.
New York's selection was based on a number of criteria that exemplify the school's well-rounded commitment to its students, including parent involvement, use of technology and student involvement in after-school activities sponsored by the school, 936 N.Y.
"There is something every night of the school week that kids are involved in," Steele said.
The school, where 134 students are enrolled this year, also provided data on how its reading, writing and math scores have improved in the past few years.
"Academic achievement is definitely part of it," Steele said.
Only two schools in Kansas received the honor. The other was Ogden Elementary School in the Manhattan district.