William Brooks Elementary School students and principal Kevin Cadden celebrated their National Blue Ribbon Award for school excellence at a special assembly last Friday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick
By Julie Samrick
William Brooks Elementary has been recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, only one of 23 schools in California and one of 341 schools nationwide to earn the distinction this year.
“That’s less than one-quarter of 1 percent,” Brooks Principal Kevin Cadden told students at a special Nov. 17 assembly, during which the transitional kindergarten through fifth-grade students waved blue pom-poms throughout. “You have a better chance of becoming a professional athlete than receiving this award.”
Cadden noted that the prestigious award wasn’t given to the school by chance. “We have a history of working hard here at Brooks,” he said. “There is a long line of excellent teachers, staff members and students who have taken the time to invest in something bigger than themselves.”
Several community leaders were also in attendance, including El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala, Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and several members of the school board.