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Dr. Levesque Elementary School honored again for Blue Ribbon status

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins visited the Dr. Levesque Elementary School on Jan. 7 to recognize the school for its Blue Ribbon Award status and to present a copy of her Congressional Record statement honoring the school’s achievement.

The U.S. Department of Education in October named the school a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018. Dr. Levesque was one of only three schools in Maine to be recognized, with the other two being Falmouth High School and Yarmouth Elementary School.

Collins said she was “delighted” to visit the school and congratulate the team of students and staff.

“To be named a Blue Ribbon school is a tremendous accomplishment,” Collins said. “It is an honor that the people of Frenchville, St. Agatha, and Sinclair earned by working together to make a difference in the lives of students, helping them reach their full potential as independent, responsible learners and citizens.”

In announcing the award earlier, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stated that the award “affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.”

Lisa Bernier, MSAD 33 superintendent and Dr. Levesque principal, stressed after Collins’ visit that “everything we do at Dr. Levesque School is done as a team. The Blue Ribbon application is no different.”

All members of the faculty had an opportunity to give their input on the application.

Bernier said she, 1st grade teacher Amy Pelletier, and kindergarten teacher Jessica Picard “spent hours after school filling in and editing information. Assistant Principal Theresa Cerceo also spent time putting finishing touches on the application.”

She added that having Sen. Collins recognize their effort and “come to our school to present us with the Congressional Record was amazing.”

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