November 19, 2021

**MEDIA ADVISORY** Saint Norbert School Celebrates Its Designation as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence with a Special Day of Activities **MEDIA ADVISORY**

Saint Norbert Catholic School in Paoli (Chester County) will celebrate its designation as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence with several special activities on Friday, November 19, 2021.  It is the second time the school has received this distinction from the United States Department of Education.

A Prayer Service will kick-off the celebration.  Mrs. Bernadette Dougherty, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Schools in the Archdiocesan Office for Catholic Education (OCE) as well as State Representative for the 167th Legislative District, Kristine Howard, will attend the prayer service with the Saint Norbert Community.

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. (Prayer Service)

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  – (Buddy Day Activities)

12:30 p.m. (DJ Dance Party and Water Ice Truck)

Friday, November 19, 2021

Saint Norbert Catholic School

6 Greenlawn Road

Paoli, PA 19301

Immediately following the prayer service, special activities will begin.  The day will conclude with a dance party led by a DJ as well as a water ice truck.

Saint Norbert was selected as part of the 2021 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools in an announcement made by Miguel A. Cardona, Secretary of the United States Department of Education (USDOE), on September 21st.

The Archdiocesan school is one of the four elementary schools from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia selected this year.  Additionally, the four schools representing the Archdiocese were among only 325 schools total and just 23 private schools selected nationally.  Each school was chosen for this honor based on exemplary high performance. One of the four received National Blue Ribbon School designation for the first time.  Saint Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School was honored previously in 2007, Saint Andrew School previously received the designation in 2013, and Saint Norbert School previously received it in 2015.

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Bonnie Olinger
Communications Specialist
215-587-3747 (office)