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U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith Congratulates O. Henry Middle School for National Honor

Austin, TX—Today, U.S Congressman Lamar Smith congratulated O. Henry Middle school staff members for being named a 2012 Schools to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The staff members were in Washington, D.C. for the National Forum's 8th annual Schools to Watch conference.

"The principal and staff members at O. Henry Middle school deserve our appreciation and gratitude for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of our children," Congressman Smith said. "I hope that O. Henry continues to serve as a shining example of how talented teachers and engaged administrators can shape the minds and futures of America's children."

O. Henry earned the recognition for challenging students to use their minds well, being sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence and providing every student with high-quality teachers and resources.

"I am so proud of the accomplishments of our students, teachers and parents," Pete Price, O. Henry principal, said. "For 60 years, O. Henry has provided thousands of students from West and East Austin with a rigorous education in a safe, nurturing environment. This community deserves this unique recognition."

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of more than 60 educators, researches and officers of national associations and foundations dedicated to improving schools for young adolescents across the country.