Rockingham County, VA -- Three out of 15 Rockingham County Elementary Schools earn distinguished school awards.
Third grade teacher Deb Workman says earning the Title I Distinction at South River Elementary School is a big deal for her and her students.
"Oh, my gosh! It's why we teach! It's a joy to see them do so well," shared Workman.
She says getting kids that young ready for standardized testing isn't easy.
"It's a big deal for a third grader to take a test that's two or three hours long,” Workman added. “We're expecting a lot of them."
The award goes to schools based on student achievement in English and math. Test scores need to be at the 60th percentile for two years in a row before the award is handed out.
It's an achievement fifth grade teacher, Linda Shifflett, says parents can help other schools in the county work toward.
"Parents can have their kids read, read, (and) read. If you can read well on grade level, you can learn just about anything you need to learn," Shifflett shared.
Both she and Workman, say despite the challenges they face every day for your kids, they're ready to keep up the hard work here in the Shenandoah Valley.
"They rise to the challenge every time," concluded Shifflett.
In addition to South River Elementary School, the other two elementary schools in Rockingham County to earn the award are Peak View and Pleasant Valley.
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