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El Centro's Sunflower Elementary wins Distinguished School award

May 08, 2002|By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH

Staff Writer

California Schools Superintendent Delaine Eastin announced Thursday the winners of the 2002 California Distinguished School Awards — and Sunflower Elementary school in El Centro was one of 247 schools named.

"This is the culmination of sheer hard work and dedication on the part of our teachers, our students and our parents," is how Robert Duncan, Sunflower's principal, described the award.

Initiated in 1985, the California Distinguished Schools program honors elementary and secondary schools.

With 5,000 elementary schools in California, 1,700 of those schools were eligible to apply for the award based upon their Academic Performance Index results.

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To be selected for recognition, eligible schools participate in a competitive selection process and are visited by a team from the education department as part of the process.

>> Staff Writer Jennifer Ralton-Smith can be reached at 337-3442 or dingo87@earthlink.net

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