Fifteen schools were recognized by Governor-elect Beverly Perdue at as Real D.E.A.L., Dedicated Educators, Administrators & Learners, winners for demonstrating excellent working and learning conditions.
Receiving the 2008 Real D.E.A.L. school awards from Perdue were: Ellendale Elementary School (Alexander County); Chocowinity Primary School (Beaufort County); Harry M. Arndt Middle School (Catawba County); Peachtree Elementary School (Cherokee County); Graham Elementary School (Cleveland County); 71st Classical Middle School (Cumberland County); New Bridge Middle School (Onslow County); South Topsail Elementary School (Pender County); Sunny View Elementary School (Polk County); Laurel Hill Elementary School (Scotland County); Stanly Early College High School (Stanly County); Carpenter Elementary School (Wake County); Panther Creek High School (Wake County); Wilkesboro Elementary School (Wilkes County) and Meadowlark Elementary School (Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.)
Governor Mike Easley had this to say, "Not only does this conference demonstrate just how dedicated our educators are, it also shows Governor-elect Perdue is a dedicated education governor as well."
Represented among these 15 schools were high schools, middle schools and elementary schools from urban and rural areas of the state.