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Pasco Teacher Receives MLK Spirit Award

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PASCO, Wash.-- A local teacher was honored for embodying the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Susan Sparks, the principal at Ruth Livingston Elementary School in Pasco, received the 2013 MLK Spirit Award Monday in recognition for her positive work in the community.

Her academic leadership helped students raise their standardized test scores and made Livingston a school of distinction for three years in a row.

Her efforts to improve the future for young children from low-income families, earned Livingston the Reward School designation, which allows them to receive federal aid for students.

People in the school district and beyond, recognize her work to make the world a better place for all.

"How touched and how humbled I am to receive this award. The spirit of Dr. King, we want to keep that spirit alive. And to be recognized, be acknowledged for that, it's just amazing. It's like a dream. It truly is," said Susan Sparks, MLK Spirit Award winner.

Students, teachers, family and community members all attended Monday's special ceremony.

Sparks spoke about her deep gratitude and passion for education.

Sparks began teaching at Ruth Livingston Elementary in 1982 and became principal in 2000.

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