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06/03/13 — Learning to shine

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Learning to shine

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on June 3, 2013 1:46 PM

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Lania Riddick is crowned Miss Dillard School Pearls Queen 2013 during the Pearls Pageant Friday night at Dillard Middle School. The Pearls program was developed by retired teacher Sharon Bell to teach middle school girls skills to become successful women.

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Girls go through a dance number during the Pearls graduation program Friday night at Dillard Middle School.

Retired teacher Sharon Bell has always believed that young people are diamonds in the rough -- or pearls. Several years ago, witnessing some of the challenges faced by middle school students, she decided to do something about it. "The self-esteem...

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