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Principal Message

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Dear Proud Prairie Run Families,

As we bid farewell to another incredible academic year, we wanted to take a moment to extend our warmest wishes to each and every one of you for a summer filled with relaxation, rest, excitement, and happiness.

It's been a year of growth, learning, and memorable experiences, and we couldn't be prouder of the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff. Together, we've navigated challenges and celebrated successes, and now it's time to recharge and rejuvenate for the adventures that lie ahead.

Whether you're planning a getaway to a far-off destination, embarking on new hobbies and interests, or simply enjoying the slower pace of summer days, we hope that this season brings you the opportunity to unwind, reflect, and create lasting memories with loved ones.

To our returning families, we eagerly anticipate the joy of reuniting with you in August, ready to embark on another incredible journey together. And to our new families joining our Merry Prairie community, we extend a warm welcome and look forward to getting to know you better as we embark on this exciting educational journey together.

Wishing you all a summer filled with relaxation, restfulness, excitement, and happiness!


Kim Castiglione

PRE Principal

Kim Castiglione has been with Big Walnut Local Schools for sixteen years beginning as a Literacy Facilitator and RTI Coordinator at BWE and GRE before becoming a principal in the district.  Her principal career began by reopening Harrison Street in 2014 and eventually took her to open Prairie Run Elementary, where she has been since 2020.  Kim holds her undergraduate degree from Miami University in Early Childhood Education, a masters degree in School Psychology from the University of Dayton, and an additional Masters Degree in School Administration plus an endorsement in Leadership from Miami University.
Her husband, Mike, is her best friend and life partner of twenty plus years and they are blessed to have two children that attend Big Walnut Local Schools.  Kim is passionate about creating a happy school for staff and students.  She believes in doing all things in love, will do anything for kids, and believes in helping adults be the best they can be.
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