Rancho Pico Junior High students Elle Brown, center, and Kirra Engbrecht add some of the 1200 donuts to a board in preparation for Donut Day to celebrate Rancho Pico Junior High School be named 2019 Distinguished School in Stevenson Ranch on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Rancho Pico celebrates Doughnut Day

In celebration of being named a 2019 Distinguished School by the California Department of Education for the third time, the students and staff of Rancho Pico Junior High School were given free doughnuts on Friday.

Earlier this year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced his list of distinguished schools throughout the state, naming a select group of institutions to be given this honor based on outstanding education programs and practices.

Mascot Marty Mustang, Drew Green, left, and Bryce Blaugrund, ASB Secretary, wears an inflatable donut to welcome students to Donut Day to celebrate Rancho Pico Junior High School be named 2019 Distinguished School in Stevenson Ranch on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

During Friday’s celebration, organized by the administrators of Rancho Pico Junior High, the “blue carpet” was rolled out. As students and staff arrived to the school, they were handed one of the 1,200 doughnuts brought to the school.

Rancho Pico Junior High students Mark Boss, left, and Lola Harrington stack some of the 1200 donuts in preparation for Donut Day to celebrate Rancho Pico Junior High School be named 2019 Distinguished School in Stevenson Ranch on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

During the event, students and staff could take a free doughnut while others were dressed up in inflatable doughnut costumes, ASB students refilled the stacks of both chocolate and glazed pastries, while the school’s mascot, a mustang, danced around.

The Hart School District was also named one of 18 Exemplary Districts in the State of California by the CDE and is the only district so honored in Los Angeles County.

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