CANTON, Miss. (WJTV) – After years of hard work, school officials in Canton are celebrating a remarkable achievement.

The Canton Public School District’s (CPSD) elementary schools earned “A” ratings from the Mississippi Department of Education.

Alphia Myers is the principal at Reuben B. Myers Canton School of Arts & Sciences. She attributes being data-driven and having a growth mindset as the biggest factors contributing to the “A” rating.

“I’m super excited. We are working hard toward sustaining where we are and being on this destination to success,” said Myers.

“I work hard for it,” said Amaya Wilson, a 4th grader at McNeal Elementary.

For fifth grader Sherry Jackson, like many students, celebrating the wins is what makes school fun and keeps them motivated.

Kara Paige, Assistant Principal at McNeal Elementary, adds, “Making it relevant. A lot of kids in Canton don’t have some of the prior knowledge, so being able to make it relevant to them so they can relate it back to their community as well.”

Amaya Wilson said it best: “Stay in school and be cool.”