TUSCOLA – North Ward Elementary School in Tuscola is one of only 16 schools in the state to be nominated by the Illinois State Board of Education for the National No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon school program.
North Ward's students scored in the top 10 percent on state tests in reading and math.
North Ward Principal Ann Lamkey said the school has been in the top 10 percent for several years.
Schools are nominated in the fall and the paperwork is to be submitted in February. The winners will be announced in September.
Lamkey said a test is given at the beginning of the school year to test a student's reading level.
The test score is then used as a guide to help students in picking books in their reading level or above to read.
"We try to make reading fun to keep kids interested in it," she said.
At North Ward math is taught on two levels: comprehension and problem solving. The students are exposed to math at least twice a day.
Lamkey gives a lot of credit to a very active Parent Teacher Organization for raising money to help teachers get materials to help with their lessons and teaching, and for enthusiastic parents who are eager to help when asked.