National award for local school

Published: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 21, 2013 - 7:37 am

The Coalition for Community Schools will present an Award of Excellence to Harmon Johnson Elementary School on June 6 in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Harmon Johnson was selected based on academic gains, access to health care for students and because of its strong parental support, according to a Twin Rivers Unified School District news release.

It will be one of three schools nationwide to receive the award from the education advocacy group.

Principal David Nevarez said 98 percent of the students at the school are living in poverty, and 65 percent are English language learners.

He said he is proud of the students, staff, parents and community partners.

"We are located in one of the toughest areas in Sacramento, but we have one of the best attendance rates in the district," Nevarez said in a prepared statement. "We have worked very hard to provide our students and their families the support they need to be successful."

Call The Bee's Diana Lambert, (916) 321-1090. Read her Report Card blog at http://blogs.sacbee.com/report-card/.

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