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Lawton principal remembered for her contributions

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LAWTON, Okla._A Lawton principal's unexpected passing has shocked the community.

Resa Harvick died at her home Monday night. She had served as principal at Crosby Park Elementary School for the past nine years. Although her friends and family were caught off guard by the news of her passing, they know that the school will carry on her legacy.

Those who knew Harvick told stories of how she always made a friend no matter where they were, how much she loved music and how she would create songs for the students. They all agreed that she was a joy to be around.

"She was one of a kind. I would just say she was one of a kind," said Sally Greenlee, a fellow principal.

Greenlee, a friend and principal at Pioneer Park Elementary, says she was stunned by the news.

"It's like a bad dream, you just want to wake up. It's a bad dream because Resa was 50 years old. Nobody expected her to die. Not only is Resa a coworker, but she was one of my best principal friends," said Greenlee.

Harvick suffered from breast cancer and dealt with complications from the mastectomy procedures. She didn't let that hold her back from achieving one of her greatest accomplishments, last year, Crosby Park became a Great Expectations model school.

Jennifer Dennis, a parent, said it's because she raised the bar for the kids' learning experience.

"Everyday they didn't just come in and learn academics. They started everyday with a program and they learned character, and civics, and how to be better people. Great Expectations is all about what Resa was all about. And that's making kids better people," said Dennis.

Despite her passing, Woodland Hills principal, Lisa Carson, says she received a mass text from a current Crosby Park teacher to ensure that everything will be okay and they will be able to move forward and continue Harvick's legacy.

"In the memory of Resa, we will go on and we will start the year in a mighty way," said Carson.

School starts back next Friday for the students. They have not found an interim principal.


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