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While our kids are getting ready to go back to school, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate Daniela Salazar-Santos. Over the summer Daniela was presented with the President’s Education Award and she stopped by HOLA to show us her award and the letter she received from President Obama! Daniela is a 5th grade student at Commonwealth Elementary School and she received the award for her academic excellence during this past school year. Daniela loves to write and who knows, she might even have a future in journalism. Last year, she joined fellow SmartStart students in Brittany’s “Extra, Extra Read All About It” journalism class and published a very well thought out comparison of charter and public schools in SmartStart’s first newsletter.

Daniela has been coming to HOLA since she was in the first grade and can always be seen around the halls with a big smile on her face. Congratulations Daniela! We hope you’ll be an inspiration to all of the students who will be returning to the classroom in the next couple of weeks.


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