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Mayor Announces 2006 Top Apple Schools

Monday October 30, 2006

Award Honors Every 1 Reads Schools of Excellence

Mayor Jerry Abramson and Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Daeschner today visited four local schools Top Apple Awardsto announce the winners of the 2006 Mayor’s Top Apple Schools award.

Abramson created the award to honor Every 1 Reads schools of excellence and recognize schools with marked improvement in the number of students reading at or above grade level. Twenty-two public schools are the first recipients of the award – three high schools, three middle schools and 16 elementary schools.

Top Apple Awards“We want to showcase the schools, students and staff who are making tremendous strides in improving reading scores and meeting the goals of the Every 1 Reads program,” Abramson said. “Reading is the building block for our children's success now and in the future.”

To receive the award, schools must have virtually all students reading on grade level (less than two percent novice readers) or have double-digit improvements in reading scores (reducing the number of novice readers).

“The Mayor’s Top Apple Schools award is a significant way to affirm and recognize the hard work of our dedicated teachers and staff in improving reading scores,” explained Dr. Daeschner. “The progress in reading scores at these schools is evidence that we are well on our way to achieving our Every 1 Reads goal of having all children reading at or above grade level by 2008.”

The Mayor’s Top Apple Schools award is presented by National City Bank.

“National City wants to be a vital community and economic partner in the growth and development of Louisville’s future workforce,” said Chuck Denny, president and CEO of National City, Kentucky Banking. “As the employer with the largest number of volunteer tutors in the Every1Reads program, we are proud to sponsor the Mayor’s Top Apple Schools award applauding the accomplishments of the students, teachers and tutors.”

Each school will receive a banner, a glass apple handcrafted by artists from the Flame Run Gallery and bookmarks for each student. Elementary schools also receive $100; middle schools $150 and high schools $200 for a staff celebration.

A banner featuring all the winners will hang on the front of Louisville Metro Hall during the first two weeks of November and will then be displayed at the VanHoose Education Center.

The mayor and superintendent presented the awards today at Okolona Elementary, Whitney Young Elementary, Brown Middle School, Brown High School and Jefferson County Traditional Middle School. The other 17 awards will be presented to the schools in the coming weeks.

The city, JCPS and Greater Louisville Inc. launched the Every 1 Reads program in 2003 with the goal of having all children reading at grade level by 2008. Since the program started, the number of novice readers overall has been reduced from 18 percent to 12.9 percent.

“This translates to thousands of students who have improved their reading scores and skills thanks to the diligence of our teachers, our kids, our parents and our volunteers,” Abramson said.

A complete list of winning schools and their scores follows:

Virtually All Students Reading on Grade Level - Fewest Novice Readers

School Name

Novice Readers

Audubon Traditional Elementary School


Barret Traditional Middle School


Brown High School


Brown Middle School


Cane Run Elementary School


Carter Traditional Elementary School


DuPont Manual High School


Fern Creek Elementary School


Greathouse/Shryock Traditional Elementary School


Jefferson County Traditional Middle School


Jeffersontown Elementary School


Louisville Male Traditional High School


Medora Elementary School


Schaffner Traditional Elementary School


Most Improved Reading Scores

School Name

Decrease in Novice Readers

Breckinridge/Franklin Elementary School


Coral Ridge Elementary School


Kenwood Elementary School


Okolona Elementary School


Portland Elementary School


Shelby Elementary School


Slaughter Elementary School


Whitney Young Elementary School