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Release Date: 8/31/2017 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Padonia International principal named a finalist in 2017 Hero Campaign

Team BCPS, community members encouraged to vote for her

TOWSON, MD — Padonia International Elementary School Principal Melissa DiDonato has been named one of five finalists in the Mercy Run to Remember 2017 Hero Campaign.

The winner will be selected based on votes cast online by Friday, Sept. 8. The winner will be announced on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the awards ceremony for the race. Website visitors can vote once per day.

In her online nomination profile, DiDonato is described as a dedicated elementary school principal. She was a finalist for Baltimore County Public Schools Elementary School Principal of the Year in 2017 and a finalist for BCPS Principal of the Year in 2015. The profile describes her commitment to the academic and personal success of every child in her school. It highlights her successful advocacy for school renovations and expansion; her efforts to ensure that students have food when there is no school; and the many ways she fosters unity, collaboration, and good health habits among staff.

The Hero Campaign is designed to honor "everyday heroes" and is part of the Mercy Run to Remember event sponsored by Mizuno. The Run to Remember honors the victims, survivors, and rescuers involved in 9/11. Funds raised by the race, more than $400,000 since 2002, support the Baltimore City Police Foundation and the Baltimore City Fire Foundation.

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