RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The U.S. Department of Education recognized two Rio Grande Valley elementary schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the recognition of 353 across the country as Blue Ribbon Schools in 2023.

Among the 353 schools, 26 are from Texas and two of those schools are from the Rio Grande Valley.

Ortiz Elementary in Brownsville and Roel A. and Celia R. Saenz Elementary School in Roma was named a 2023 Blue Ribbon School.

“This is a truly humbling and exciting day,” said R. & C. Saenz Elementary School Principal Odette Garcia. “We were simply thrilled to be a nominee, but being named a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School is honestly the goal and dream of every educator… We are blessed and hope we have made the family of our educator namesakes, Roel A. and Celia R. Saenz, very proud.”

See the complete list of Blue Ribbon schools.