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PRHS Teacher Awarded National Prize from Harbor Freight Tools

Congratulations to our PRHS agriculture mechanics teacher, Justin Pickard, who was awarded $50,000 as one of 15 second-place winners of the 2018 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. He is the only winner of the national award from California.


A representative of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools made a surprise presentation to Mr. Pickard yesterday.  He was presented with a giant check and a large rolling tool box.


The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence was designed to recognize outstanding instruction in the skilled trades in U.S. public high schools that inspires students to learn a trade that prepares them for a career after high school. The 2018 prize drew more than 550 applications from 49 states. More than $1 million in prizes will be awarded: the three first-place winners will each receive $100,000-$70,000 for the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the teacher. The 15 second-place winners will each receive $50,000.


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