Blue glitter rained over students and teachers at Acequia Madre Elementary School on Friday as cheers broke out when Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Hilario “Larry” Chavez announced that the school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School.

“This recognition is hard to receive,” Chavez said in an interview. “So, it really shows that Santa Fe Public Schools is doing great things, not only in our community but throughout the school.”

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona broke the news early Friday morning, but school officials tried to keep it under wraps until the big reveal, though they didn’t shy away from leaving hints.

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