King Elementary School in Ann Arbor has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014 by the United States Department of Education. The school is being lauded for academic excellence and for closing achievement gaps among minority student groups. It is one of eight schools in Michigan honored, and the first Ann Arbor Public School to receive a Blue Ribbon Award. According to Sarah Wentzloff, teacher clerk at King, the school celebrated being named a National Blue Ribbon School at a November 21 event. “We will have a few people attend the Blue Ribbon ceremony in Washington, D.C. this winter,” she said. The school is named for Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and follows his philosophy that all people count and all people matter. The school is 47 percent Asian, 38 percent Caucasian, and 15 percent students of other ethnic heritage. King Elementary School students celebrate International Night annually in the spring with cultural performances and activities.
King Elementary School, 3800 Waldenwood Dr., Ann Arbor. 734-994-1940. www.a2schools.org/king.home/home.