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Two Area Principals Honored With Distinguished Principal Awards

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The National Association of Elementary School Principals has honored some area leaders for their "extraordinary leadership and commitment to their students."

When Cheryl Warley took over as principal of J.O. Wilson Elementary School in D.C., she realized early on that to educate the children, she would first have to educate their parents. Warley held one on one meetings, created a parent center and encouraged them to use school computers to search for jobs. "You see them in the schools more, the behavior problems stop, they volunteer-we have a lot of parent volunteers," says Warley. The school has reached it's academic goals for four consecutive years.

Brian Hull heads the Colin L. Powell Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia. After his daughter was diagnosed with cancer, he created a district policy to support children transitioning back to school after long absences. "Many of these children still have catheters and we have to be very very cautious of their time during recess," said Hull. "Many times these children come to school with tremendous fatigue. So what we try to do is have an extra set of books at home so the children don't need to carry them in their backpack."

Sixty-three principals from across the country will recieve the Distinguished Principal Award this evening.

Kavitha Cardoza reports...

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