Afton Elementary Earns National Blue Ribbon

Afton Elementary Principal Dr. Joseph Masgai (top) celebrates with his staff in front of their elementary school after receiving the news that Afton was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Image via Pennsbury School District.

The U.S. Department of Education has officially recognized Afton Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon school. This prestigious award is given only to one percent of schools throughout the United States.

At more than 580 students and with 75 staff, Afton is the largest of Pennsbury’s ten elementary schools. It earned the designation for “closing achievement
gaps among student subgroups.”

Perhaps most excited of all was Principal Dr. Joseph Masgai, who oversees the K-5 school in Yardley. Masgai said all of Afton is “thrilled” with the new designation.

“We are bursting with Pennsbury Pride and are honored to represent excellence in education in Bucks County. Congratulations are pouring in and I tip my hat to the extraordinary staff, students, and parents that have created a place for Afton Elementary among the 1% of schools that have achieved Blue Ribbon recognition in the United States.”

Masgai credited the teachers at Afton Elementary and their abilities to analyze data, interpret it, then apply it to the classroom. He applauded their work in creating a learning environment for all students regardless of race, income level, or other stereotypical boundaries.

In total, only 362 schools, including 50 private schools, will earn a National Blue Ribbon this year. Dr. Masgai will venture to Washington D.C. this November to collect the school’s
award plaque and National Blue Ribbon School flag.