LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has designated high performing schools as Blue Ribbon schools.

A school can also get the award if they make significant improvements in closing the achievement gaps.

In 2017, Arkansas had three Blue Ribbon Schools, Fort Smith, John Woods Elementary; west Little Rock, Don Roberts; and the third winner just happened to be the latest stop on Craig O’Neill’s reading roadtrip, College Station Elementary.

They made dramatic improvements in scoring for both math and literacy. They use the arts, current events, and lots and lots of reading to make sure their kids are “getting it.” First and second graders crowded into the small library to share their reading experiences and share with Craig stories they’ve read and had read to them.

The common denominator with the kids at College Station: parents that read to children. (Parents you should read to your pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders at least 20 minutes every night!) Even if they want the same book over and over and over.

College Station has a big night planned for Mach 15. It’s “Black History Month, the Musical.” That’s the way Blue Ribbon Schools are, every event is a blockbuster.