Cawley Middle School, Hooksett

The David R. Cawley Middle School in Hooksett.

HOOKSETT — The National Parent Teacher Association has recognized three schools in Hooksett as 2019-2021 Schools of Excellence, the first in the state to receive the award since the program began in 2014.

Fred C. Underhill Elementary School, Hooksett Memorial Elementary School and David R. Cawley Middle School were the only three schools in New Hampshire to obtain the designation, which honors schools dedicated to building strong and effective family-school partnerships that enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for students.

In order to receive the award, schools must engage in a seven-step, multi-month process that reaches out to parents and educators to build a “road map for excellence” to improve family-school partnerships.

“When families and schools work together, students do better in school and schools improve,” said Leslie Boggs, president of the National PTA. “Fred C. Underhill, Hooksett Memorial, and David R. Cawley and Hooksett PTA have worked hard to strengthen family-school partnership and their efforts are making a positive impact on student success and school improvement.”

Although Hooksett’s schools have been honored in recent years as well, most notably with David R. Cawley winning the 2017 New Hampshire Department of Education Middle School of the year award, Hooksett PTA President Jillian Godbout says that this award is an affirmation of the strong bonds built in Hooksett between schools and parents.

“I feel truly blessed to live in a community where everyone wants to take a piece of ownership in raising tomorrow’s leaders!” she said. “Our community knows the importance of rallying around its greatest asset: their children and their education.”

Along with the Hooksett schools, the award was also given to more than 326 schools across the United States and overseas U.S. Armed Forces bases.