Rachel Patterson Elementary in Atmore Named “Alabama Bicentennial School of Excellence”


John Brantley

Rachel Patterson Elementary School was recently named one of only 21 Alabama Bicentennial Schools of Excellence by Governor Kay Ivey. At a program with the governor in Montgomery, each school named received a $5,000 grant to support its continued commitment to student-led community engagement. 

Living the Atmore Spirit

The mission of Rachel Patterson Elementary School and the Escambia County School System is to provide engaging and comprehensive instructional programs that will enable their students to not only graduate college, but leave college excited and ready for their careers. 

Rachel Patterson Elementary did amazing community work with the Atmore Animal Shelter through their project, Panda for Pets. They started the project to increase awareness for the shelter about a year ago with a $2,000 grant given to 200 schools in Alabama for community service projects. The students conducted fundraisers to keep the project moving forward themselves. 

Celebrating Excellence

As Alabama celebrates 200 years of being a state, Governor Ivey wants to stress the importance of engaging our students—they are the future of Alabama. She also stated at the program that she’s glad to see Alabama’s young people taking initiative, and working hard on their community projects. 

The Schools of Excellence will also be invited to participate in commemoration ceremonies in Montgomery on December 14, the culmination of Alabama’s Bicentennial. 

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