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Baltimore City Principal To Be Honored At Heart Of The School Awards

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Principals' jobs are to ensure your child has the best learning experience while at school.

They're the backbone and many schools and all that hard work is being honored.

Running a school is a tough job. Principals are responsible for so many things. That's why the Fund for Educational Excellence wanted to show its appreciation.

Crystal Harden-Lindsey is so much more to her students and community.

Hundreds of names of principals were submitted, but only five of them were selected as winners.

"She just puts so much effort into it, it doesn't make any sense. Just as a principal and teaching a whole school, and how much attention she gives to everyone is amazing," says Jasmine Burrell, senior at Green Street Academy.

For five years, Mrs. Linsey put in the work as principal at Green Street Academy Charter School. Her only expectation is that kids learn and become their best. It's never for accolades, but her hard work was noticed and will be honored.

For the second year, the Heart of the School Awards will be presented by the Fund for Educational Excellence.

The road to becoming a honoree wasn't a simple process.

"We solicit nominations from parents, from students, from community members and this year we received over 587 nominations for 84 different principals," says Roger Schulman, President and CEO of the Fund for Educational Excellence.

Lindsey was one of the lucky few chosen.

"When you notice that other people notice how hard you're working and the kids start to reciprocate the love you are putting in everyday, it kind of just fills your heart with joy," she says.

The Fund for Educational Excellence doesn't just honor principals, but they offer assistance throughout the year to schools.

"Whether that's a field trip for kids, or to bring in a speaker or some activity in the building, or for teachers to get professional development. Something that a school wouldn't otherwise be able to do," Schulman says.

The financial support made from the awards will help continue the effort.

A night to honor and showcase some of Baltimore's finest.

"And so, come out just to see what hope looks like, and to see what that shining light is, which I think you'll see through kids and school leaders across our city," Linsey says.

The event will happen at the Hippodrome Monday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. The money will go to support upcoming programs.

Each of the five winners will receive a $2,500 award to support the needs of their schools.

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