On Friday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that Redding's was one of 269 schools across America to be named a Blue Ribbon School. According to a press release, schools earn such distinction due to "their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels."
The Department of Education is slated to honor the schools at a function in Washington, D.C. in November.
Dr. Bernard Josefsberg, superintendent of Redding and Easton schools, lauded the middle school's staff and students.
"Congratulations to Principal Diane Martin, her, the JRMS student body and, indeed, the whole community," Josefsberg said.
Duncan, according to the press release, said America has "no greater responsibility" than educating children.
“Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers," Duncan said. "Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”