Brad Choat (Twitter: @choatsnews)

NORMANDY, Mo. (KMOX) – It’s been a tough year for the Normandy School District, dealing with a lack of accreditation and the financial burden of district transfers.

But the tone was different on Saturday, as leaders threw a party to celebrate excellence.

The Friends of Normandy School District Scholarship Foundation has more than 200 students taking part in its “Rising Scholars” program, according to founding director Beverley Thompson, “We start awarding scholarship points in the 4th grade and go all the way up through high school. The longer they stay in the district, the more points they acquire. So when they graduate, they walk away with scholarship money.”

Thompson says Rising Scholars must have good grades, above 90% attendance, and perform well on standardized testing.

Thompson hopes the public realizes how well these Normandy students are performing, “We have students who excel academically, in theatre and in culinary arts. If they’d just step inside and take a look at the brilliance of our youth, they’d be totally outdone. These are the stories we need to be celebrating.”

The Friends of Normandy Schools charity will be having a big fundraising gala in early May to benefit its scholarship fund.


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