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Three local principals awarded the Patriot Award

Submitted photo On Feb. 16, three Randolph County administrators were presented the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award.

ELKINS — On Feb. 16, three Randolph County administrators were presented the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. Each principal has demonstrated support of their military employees.

Penni Powell nominated Principal Carla Lambert, Assistant Principal Amrit Rayfield and Assistant Principal Brian Currence for supporting her position in the National Guard.

“I have three supervisors at my school where I serve as a professional teacher and club advisor,” Powell said. “All three of my supervisors go above and beyond to ensure both military service members in our building are well taken care of when preparing for and attending military trainings, events and deployments. Each supervisor makes it a point to thank myself and our other service member for their service and helps us with the thanking our local veterans at a school wide Veterans Day assembly.

“When I must miss school for training days or military events, all principals are willing to help me prepare with finding a substitute teacher, as well as support my time at training. They understand that my time away from my teaching days are occupied with busy days at training and have never hesitated to help my substitute teacher or myself while I am away.

“Additionally, when our other service member has been deployed, they ensure he is recognized by the school for his service overseas and away from his family, as well as, they check on his well-being and that his wife is doing well while he is away,” she said.

“These supervisors are the epitome of what a supportive civilian supervisors are to military service members and their families.”

Lambert, Rayfield and Currence received a framed certificate of their award and a lapel pin to display their support of their military employees.

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