In addition to announcing the grant, Thomas presented Ott and Cringle with a plaque and special banner celebrating Morrisonville Elementary's designation as an "Effective Practice Mentor School."
Cringle said the overall S3TAIR recognition helps substantiate the district's instructional practices are effective in achieving its mission of "promoting the growth of all students."
"We're appreciative of the project's discovery of us," added Ott. "It was very nice to have our board of education hear directly from him."
Thomas will be working with Morrisonville Elementary staff in the weeks to come to further document "their work and facilitate the school's opportunities to assist other schools in the state," said Ott.
"They've acknowledged our instructional practices, but now they want to see the inner workings, how we operate, with the intent of making these types of things available to other schools, should they want to replicate some of what we do," said Ott. "I'm very proud of my colleagues and very thankful that we've been able to stick together and learn from each other."
Morrisonville Elementary is now featured on the S3TAIR Project's Web site, www.s3tairproject.org.