COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A local middle school received a big-time honor on Monday.
Out of 2,300 eligible schools, Fort Middle School was named one of the six winners of the Georgia Family Friendly Partnership School Awards.
The school received the award because of the commitment from both teachers and parents to better the students' education.
Members from the Columbus school board and city governments were on hand to welcome State Superintendent Richard Woods to Columbus.
"I am humbled by your hospitality but I don't think I would expect anything less from the best middle school in the world," Woods said. "But it does say something when you walk into a school you can tell what type of school it is. And I appreciate Principal Coaxum, you know culture and attitude means a lot."
Fort Middle school was also the only secondary school to receive the award.
Monday was the first day that Superintendent Woods has visited the winners, making Fort the first recipient of 2016.