COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Britt David Magent Academy in Columbus played host to a very special guest Wednesday. Georgia State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge, flew in to the fountain city to honor the school for its hard work.
It was a packed house at Britt David Magnet Academy as parents, teachers and students celebrated being named in one of the top schools in Georgia.
"I know I'm going to walk around and read all about the School of Excellence and the things Dr. Barge shared with us because we all work very, very hard each and every day," said Principal Ronie Collins.
State Superintendent Dr. John Barge presented the school with their School of Excellence award, "It's a very exciting opportunity. Things really get busy in Atlanta and just having the opportunity to go out and celebrate these successes is very important, especially right now when the economy is tough, teachers have to deal with furloughs and shortened school calendars. Any time we can celebrate what schools are doing well is a good opportunity."
The school was presented with a trophy, a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas and as a surprise each teacher will have a free massage from United Health Care.
Dr. Barge added, "To quote their principal, they are stinkin' cute. They're a great bunch of kids and very enthusiastic so it was a pleasure."
Dr. Barge had a busy day flying by helicopter all over the state. He started his morning in Gray, then went to Macon and ended his day here in Columbus at Britt David.