Mayor Steve Bach presented a very special award to an area elementary school Wednesday morning.
The Spirit of the Springs Award was presented to Queen Palmer Elementary School in District 11.
"I know it's got to be so challenging just being a principal and a teacher," Bach said, "but you do it so well."
Queen Palmer is one of six schools across the nation to earn the TAP Ambassador Award, which comes with a financial prize of $5,000.
The award honors a TAP school that has gone beyond its campus to represent the principles of the TAP system and assist others in the state and region.
"Thank you," principal Julie Fahey said upon receiving the Spirit of the Springs Award. "There's people that say you never work a day in your life if you love your job. So I guess I don't work, because I love my job."
TAP, The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, is a leading education reform association that offers career advancement, professional development, educator evaluation and performance-based compensation for teachers.