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Harmony schools in Plano, Carrollton, Garland recognized for efforts during coronavirus pandemic



PLANO, TX – Schools in Plano, Carrollton and Garland participated in a national effort to respond to the coronavirus pandemic that received an award from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Teachers from the Carrollton and Garland campuses produced 3D-printed face shields for front-line COVID-19 workers, and Harmony Science Academy-Plano participated by distributing roughly 10,000 meals to students, John Boyd, a Harmony spokesman, said in an email.

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In all, Harmony teachers from around DFW produced and donated roughly 1,000 face shields, which went to the Dallas Police Department, Denton Police Department, Tarrant County Public Health Department and Dallas Homeless Solutions, Boyd said.

Staff members have also served more than 350,000 meals to children in their communities during the pandemic, according to an announcement from Harmony.

Many public schools have served their communities well during the pandemic, but the work of the Above and Beyond Award winners “embodies compassion and caring for people outside their school community who also needed help,” Nina Rees, president and CEO of the Washington-based charter school alliance, said in a prepared statement. “Their work is a model of servant leadership for the rest of the nation.”

Harmony has 58 PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Charter schools in the state are privately managed but receive some taxpayer funding.