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Lincoln Elementary School Principal Lynette Riggs says everyone has worked hard and she’s extremely pleased that the Hyrum school has been designated as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014.

The award was announced Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan who said 337 schools in the country have received the honor, including Lakeridge Junior High in Orem.

On KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday, Riggs said the National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making  major improvements in the achievement gap. She explained what is meant by the “achievement gap.”

“You know in the old days you taught to the middle of the population,” Riggs explained. “Those that were struggling, below or at risk and those that were high or above just had to follow along and make due. That was considered education.

“You taught it and you did your job. Now days, and we in particular, believe that that is not it. What is it, is that you taught it, but it’s not until they learn it that you’ve done your job.”

Craig Ashton, director of elementary education for the Cache County School District, said the district is extremely proud of Lincoln being named a National Blue Ribbon School and the honor is well deserved.