DENVER -- Colorado honored 267 schools and 65 districts during the Department of Education's annual awards ceremony.
Five schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools. They are Kendrik Lakes Elementary (Jeffco Public Schools), Swigert International School (Denver Public Schools ) Tavelli Elementary Schools (Poudre School District), Willow Creek Elementary School (Cherry Creek School District) and Zach Elementary School (Poudre School District).
Dozens of schools and districts were honored in several other categories including Centers of Excellence and the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award.
"Today we're celebrating the many successes taking place across Colorado's schools and districts," Colorado Department of Education and Education Commissioner Katy Anthes said in a statement sent to Denver7. "Shining a light on the good work we're seeing is the first step to learning more about what is going on in these schools so that that others can learn from their work and some day we can fully erase the equity gaps that have existed for far too long."