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Auburn Riverside, Mt. Baker, Terminal Park earn Linda Cowan Schools of Distinction Award

Auburn Riverside High School, Mt. Baker Middle School and Terminal Park Elementary School are the 2011-12 Linda Cowan Schools of Distinction Award winners.

The Auburn School Board, Superintendent Kip Herren and former Superintendent Linda Cowan will present the awards to the students and staff of the three schools during school-wide assemblies. The Mt. Baker awards assembly is 1 p.m. Friday. The Terminal Park and Auburn Riverside awards assemblies will be scheduled in September.

The award annually recognizes one high school, one middle school and one elementary school for academic achievement growth within at-risk student populations. All schools receive a plaque and monetary award. The high school level winner receives $3,000; the middle level $2,000; and the elementary level $1,000. The award encourages schools to continue their efforts in closing the achievement gap for all students.

The award honors Cowan for her 30 years of service in the Auburn School District, 40 years total in public education, and for her dedication to improving the quality of education for all children.

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