WALLA WALLA, WA - It has been a tough year for schools across the region. While students, staff and families have faced many challenges, one local elementary has developed grit through ongoing change.

Michelle Carpenter, Principal of Berney Elementary in Walla Walla, says her student body demonstrated grit even before the pandemic. She nominated the Berney Elementary family for Madeline Motivates, referring to them as her daily motivation.