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Forum editorial: Harwood earns roses for award

PRAIRIE ROSES: To students, parents and faculty at Harwood Elementary School, whose joint efforts resulted in a top-notch award from the U.S. Department of Education. Harwood Elementary School, which has been headed by Principal Jerry Barnum for ...

PRAIRIE ROSES: To students, parents and faculty at Harwood Elementary School, whose joint efforts resulted in a top-notch award from the U.S. Department of Education. Harwood Elementary School, which has been headed by Principal Jerry Barnum for nearly20 years, was one of only two schools in North Dakota to be named a "No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School" by the national education agency. The other is located in Crosby. "Quality instruction, quality support from parents, and kids willing to put forth the effort to excel" resulted in the national award, says Barnum, who also oversees Horace Elementary School in the West Fargo School District. Barnum says there's a focus on high standards at Harwood Elementary, combined with tremendous parental support of the students in grades one through five. He says there is 100 percent participation in parent-teacher conferences. Harwood has ranked among the top 10 percent of schools in North Dakota for the past three years and was nominated for the national award by North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Wayne Sanstead, who called it a great honor for Harwood Elementary, which "successfully reached the goals of North Dakota's accountability plan for No Child Left Behind." West Fargo Superintendent Dana Diesel Wallace says Harwood Elementary is the district's first Blue Ribbon School and called the honor "a significant accomplishment." Congratulations to Barnum, his faculty, parents and students at Harwood Elementary for this well-deserved national honor.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Dr. James Carlson, co-founder and chief executive officer of PRACS Institute, for donating$1 million to Fargo's south branch library project. Carlson's gift is the largest for a city-owned facility since Newman Outdoor Advertising President Harold Newman donated$1.5 million in 1998 for the RedHawks baseball stadium, now named Newman Outdoor Field. Because of Dr. Carlson's very generous gift, the south branch will be named the Dr. James Carlson Library. Carlson's gift lifts the library's Campaign Cabinet one-third of the way to its $3 million fundraising goal. The $2.8 million south branch project is part of a $15.3 million effort to build a new main library, south branch and north branch. The north branch opened in July in the Northport Shopping Center. Privately raised funds will supplement $12.65 million generated by a voter-approved, 18-month, half-cent sales tax that expired June 30.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Bob Kloubec,who received the2006 Volunteer of the Year Trees Award at the Trees Bowl and Awards Ceremony in Fargo. Kloubec travels around the state of North Dakota looking for the largest trees of each species and then shares his findings. He was recognized by the North Dakota Forest Service and North Dakota State University.

LEAFY SPURGE: To the mother of a 9-month-old baby girl who fell from a third-floor balcony but escaped death when she fell into the arms of a neighbor who waited underneath. The baby's irresponsible mother had left her with her 10- and 13-year-old brothers while she went to work. The brothers had left the apartment, and the baby crawled through a door they had left open.Thank goodness for neighbor Mary Bussey, who noticed the baby dangling by one arm from the balcony and made sure she didn't land on the concrete sidewalk. The baby was placed in the custody of the Denver Department of Social Services.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper's Editorial Board.

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