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Riverside principal celebrates Blue Ribbon School award – by letting kids wrap him in blue duct tape

Dale Moore’s school won one of the nation’s top education awards .
But he was blue Wednesday, March 20.
That’s because students were wrapping him in bright blue duct tape — a wacky way to celebrate the Riverside STEM Academy  being named a National Blue Ribbon School.
The academy was one of 12 schools in the state — and the only one in the Inland area — to earn the honor, which was announced in October. In the U.S., 349 schools won the recognition this year.
Riverside STEM Academy Principal Dale Moore is ready to be taped with blue duct tape by students Wednesday, March 20, to celebrate the school’s earning of the National Blue Ribbon School award. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Seventh-grader Eunice Santos gets ready to tape her principal, Dale Moore, during a Wednesday, March 20, assembly. The event celebrated the school’s earning of the National Blue Ribbon School award. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Principal Dale Moore is seen after being bound with blue duct tape by students at Riverside STEM Academy on Wednesday, March 20. The activity was to celebrate its earning of the National Blue Ribbon School award. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Riverside STEM Acadmey Principal Dale Moore is duct taped by students Wednesday, March 20, during an assembly to celebrate the school’s earning of the National Blue Ribbon School award. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Dale Moore, principal of the Riverside STEM Academy, has his mouth taped for fun to celebrate his school winning the National Blue Ribbon School award. Students used the blue duct tape on him during a Wednesday, March 20, assembly. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Principal Dale Moore is freed by PTSA Vice President Laura Merickel, left, and board member Diane Kwasman after students wrapped him in blue duct tape. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
Riverside STEM Academy Principal Dale Moore is duct taped to the floor by students during an assembly Wednesday, March 20. The event marked the campus’ earning of the National Blue Ribbon School award. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
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Students taping their principal to a chair — and even placing a strip of blue tape over Moore’s mouth — was just one activity in a week of campus celebrations to mark the school’s feat.
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Earlier in the week, a Blue Ribbon flag was raised above the campus near UC Riverside. Blue donuts were distributed. And staff members donned Blue Ribbon T-shirts. The festivities are set to conclude Thursday, March 21, with a Spring Fling carnival.
The school, part of the Riverside Unified School District, educates 640 middle and high school students focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

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