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Miller-Meeks Recognizes Hills Elementary School

September 28, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, September 28th, 2021, Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to recognize Hills Elementary School.



To watch Miller-Meeks’ speech, click HERE, and read her remarks as prepared for delivery below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the importance of childhood education, and how a school in my district is taking extra strides to ensure their students’ success.

At Hills Elementary School in Hills, Iowa, one out of four students are in the process of learning English as their second language, this is far higher than the average rate in Iowa being 12%. Though many might see this language disparity as a barrier to student achievement, this year, Hills Elementary was selected as one of 325 schools to win a National Blue Ribbon School Award from the U.S. Department of Education, with 81% of students at the school showing improvement in their academics. 

Beginning in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon School Award has been used to recognize American schools for academic excellence. I couldn’t be prouder of both the students and faculty at Hills Elementary, and I wish the best for them as they continue their journey of academic achievement.

Thank you, and I yield back my time.