Local Elementary School receives the 2020 Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing National Blue Ribbon

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Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 5:20 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2020 at 3:45 PM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Thomas Jefferson Elementary was recognized during a virtual ceremony this Friday by the U.S. Department of Education for being awarded the 2020 Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing National Blue Ribbon.

“It’s a team effort. For the whole community... and we have a very special place, that everyone pitches in and works together. And great things happen when you do that. This award is just really a cherry on top of the cake of all of our efforts to achieve that,” explained Principal Brent Johnson.

Wisconsin schools, including Thomas Jefferson, were recognized at 2 p.m. A recorded version will be available later in the day at

Thomas Jefferson Elementary was one of only eight recipients in Wisconsin and 317 public schools in the United States.

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