NEWBURGH, Ind., (WEHT) — A big celebration was held Monday morning at one Warrick County School.
Sharon Elementary School Principal Ashlee Bruggenschmidt was honored in November as the Principal of the Year.
Bruggenschmidt’s students and staff surprised her with an assembly and celebration.
Hundreds of Sharon Elementary students filed into the gym with a rallying cry to honor their principal.
“I just immediately started crying,” said Sharon Elementary School Principal Ashlee Bruggenschmidt. “I wasn’t expecting the videos and the heartfelt stories and things like that. (It was) so humbling.”
A red carpet, confetti, and a throne fit for a queen welcomed the newly awarded Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Principals.
“The award really isn’t about me,” said Bruggenschmidt. “It’s about them (the kids) and the people and the hard work that they put in every day for kids.”
Not only did Bruggenschmidt win because of her work at Sharon Elementary, but also for her efforts in the community.
“Play for Kate is about child safety advocacy and, as a building administrator, we work hard to keep kids safe,” said Bruggenschmidt.
In 2015, Bruggenschmidt’s daughter Kate was killed after the ATV she was riding overturned.
Two years later, the state passed a law requiring kids under 18 to wear a helmet while riding an ATV, thanks to the efforts of the Play for Kate movement.
On their way back to class, students offered hugs and high-fives while receiving this advice:
“We want them to be good kids,” said Bruggenschmidt. “We want them to be hardworking citizens. And just be kind to each other.”
(This story was originally published on December 2, 2019)