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President Obama To Honor Six Slain Newtown Teachers

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Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) _ President Barack Obama is honoring the six educators killed in the Newtown school shooting with the nation’s second-highest civilian honor.

The American Federation of Teachers, which represents Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers, said the six will be posthumously awarded the 2012 Presidential Citizens Medal on Friday during a White House ceremony.

The six to be honored include Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach and Victoria Soto.

Four Newtown school representatives will be on hand for the event.

They include Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers; Joanne Didonato, secretary to Hochsprung, Sandy Hook’s principal; Kris Feda, a teacher credited with moving students and staff to the firehouse; and Rick Thorne, a Sandy Hook custodian credited with clearing hallways during the Dec. 14 shooting.

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