MERRILLVILLE | Two Merrillville schools are among five nationwide set to be honored for closing the achievement gap among minority students.
The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color announced Tuesday it will present its school award to Merrillville High School and Salk Elementary School during its annual Gathering of Leaders meeting, which runs from Thursday to Saturday in Chicago.
The award is presented to "schools that have a proven track record of effective pre K-12 education of male students of color," according to the coalition.
"We will now begin to work with Merrillville High and Salk Elementary to see how its practices can be replicated in other schools across the nation," coalition Executive Director Ron Walker said in a written statement.
Students and faculty from each of the Merrillville schools will start that process by attending the Gathering of Leaders meeting to explain efforts that have been successful in the schools.
Other schools receiving the award are Best Academy in Minneapolis, Minn., Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C, and Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C.
Each of the award recipients is set to receive a $10,000 grant.
"The Merrillville School Corporation has long maintained a strong belief and commitment to recognize diversity as a strength and positive quality," Merrillville Schools Superintendent Tony Lux said.
In addition to the school award, Merrillville High School also has been recognized as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education.