SEATTLE -The Naselle-Grays River Valley Middle School received one of 86 "Schools of Distinction" awards from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for dramatic improvements in student reading and mathematics over the past several years. The school was only one of eight schools in Educational Service District 112 which earned the honor.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Alan Bennett, superintendent, and Karen Wirkkala, principal, four Naselle-Grays River Valley Middle School students, a teacher, and a school board member, joined the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Terry Bergeson, to accept the award at a statewide press event in the Seattle area. Those attending from the local area included school board member Nancy McGuire, teacher Deborah Denny, principal Karen Wirkkala, superintendent Alan Bennett, and students Alana Darcher, Bonnie Ruch, Cramer Smith, and Tara Joyce. The school has 87 students enrolled in grades six to eight.