Students at Thomasville Primary Elementary received a surprise visit from Gov. Bev Perdue as she presented Thomasville City Schools with a North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning banner. The system, one of 10 school systems recognized, has been invited to a reception at the Governor's Mansion on Dec. 5, as well as a luncheon at the state school board association. Criteria for the award was based on a scoring system in the areas of curriculum and instruction, professional development, administration and instructional support, student learning outcomes, infrastructure and technical support and leadership. "We are happy to have Gov. Perdue take time out of her busy schedule to come here," said Superintendent Keith Tobin. "We are very proud to accept this award, and it means a lot to our school and our community. It is a lot of people working very hard."