ASHAWAY – As he and his students will tell you, Ashaway Elementary School Principal Steven Morrone typically isn't speechless in the morning.
But, to be fair, the morning of Monday, Feb. 14 wasn't typical in the least.
As he walked into the cafeteria of the elementary school, Morrone was flanked by members of the Chariho Regional School Committee, district administrators and teachers, his family, and the entire student body.
The second-year principal, who could see that everyone was excited and clapping, began clapping, too, as he was obviously unaware of what was going on.
That was until Chariho Superintendent Barry Ricci took the microphone and began to explain why they were all gathered there.
“You are all here because you have the very best first year principal in the state of Rhode Island,” Ricci said.
For more information pick up this week's The Chariho Times.