W.A. Bess Elementary earns National Blue Ribbon Award

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297 schools in the U.S. earned the National Blue Ribbon Award from the Department of Education. Four were earned in North Carolina, W.A. Bess Elementary in Gastonia was one of those.

The award is given based on academic performance or closing the gap between academic subgroups.

W.A. Bess Elementary is located on Beatty Road, near Forestview High School.