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WF’s Barnum receives Service to Children Award

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The North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals awarded Harwood and Horace principal Jerry Barnum with the Service to Children Award during a recent luncheon held at the NDAESP Mid-Winter Conference held in Fargo on February 6th.

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The award is given to individuals who are leaving the education profession and has a membership in the NDAESP and is a member during the year prior to retirement.

The award is designed to honor individuals who are retiring or leaving the principalship for their years of service to education of children in the state and for their professional involvement in the NDAESP.

Barnum graduated from Moorhead State with an Elementary Education Degree. He was hired to teach third grade at Harwood Elementary. He returned to college to attend graduate school and became a full-time teaching principal in Harwood for 4 years and then became the full-time principal at Harwood and Horace in 1987.

In the past 27 years Barnum coached youth sports, helped form the first PTA in West Fargo and also assisted in organizing the first high school baseball team in Class A in the east. He helped introduce Reading Recovery to the West Fargo School District and also collaborated with the PTO to purchase Accelerated Reader and STAR programs for both school, ball chairs, recreational outings, extensive guided reading collections and numerous curriculum enhancements for the students.

Barnum was a member of the NDAESP for his entire career and has received the Bell Ringer Award two times, the Quarter Century Award and was the Regional Representative for Region 5.

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