Blue Ribbon

Ashaway Elementary School is a 2019 Blue Ribbon School

Dear Superintendent, Mr. Barry Ricci


It is my pleasure to inform you that Ashaway Elementary School in Chariho Regional School District has been recognized as an Exemplary High Performing Schools National Blue Ribbon School for 2019 by U. S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Since 1982, the U. S. Department of Education has sought out and celebrated great American schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.


Two representatives (school principal and teacher or staff member) from Ashaway Elementary School are invited to Washington, DC for the November 14th and 15th recognition ceremony where they will be presented with a National Blue Ribbon School plaque and flag as symbols of the school’s achievements.  If there has been a change in school principals this school year, the principal at the time of nomination and application is also invited.  School representatives are responsible for the costs of their travel, hotel lodging and related expenses.  


As superintendent, you are invited to attend the recognition events to support your school.  Ceremony registration can only be done through the principal so, if you plan to attend, please have Principal Mr. Jeffrey Craig Scanapieco add you as one of the official school representatives. For planning purposes, you must be registered for the November 15th awards luncheon by Friday, October 25th, 2019.


For additional information about the ceremony and celebrating schools, please refer to:  School profiles of all 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools can also be found at