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Some Maine students will meet Sen. Susan Collins after their school was chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School

Sen. Susan Collins will visit a Bangor elementary school recognized for academic excellence and she will read a book to the Pre-K students.
Credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File
FILE - In this June 18, 2019 file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, center, arrives at the Capitol in Washington to extend her perfect Senate voting record to 7,000. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, is challenging Collins in the 2020 election.

BANGOR, Maine — Some Maine students will get to meet Senator Susan Collins Friday after their school was chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School.

The program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools for either academic excellence or for closing the achievement gap between student subgroups.

Sen. Collins will congratulate Fruit Street School in Bangor, which includes students in Pre-K through third grade, for their high achievement during an assembly.

Afterward, Collins will visit the Pre-K classroom, where she plans to read Antlers Forever, a book about a friendly moose the students.

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According to the press release, the Bangor elementary school is one of only three Maine schools to be recognized for this highly prestigious award in 2019., and one of only 362 public and private schools nationwide.