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Exeter program gets ringing endorsement

Exeter program gets ringing endorsement

A unique program providing professional internships for continuation high school students in Exeter received a ringing endorsement last week.

Exeter Union High School, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias, was one of 58 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 33rd year, is sponsored by the California School Boards Association. The award recognizes public school programs that are innovative and sustainable, make a demonstrated difference for students, and focus on meeting the needs of all students.

The highly respected Golden Bell Award was presented at a special ceremony during CSBA’s Awards Luncheon at the Westin Saint Francisco Hotel in San Francisco. Exeter School District and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias were honored at the recognition ceremony held on Saturday, Dec.1.

The award was won in the Invigorating High Schools category for the WOOF (Working On Our Futures) program through a collaboration and partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias and Exeter School District. The purpose of the program is to assist High School students, especially those attending continuation High Schools to graduate on-time with their classmates. The major objectives are to foster academic success, improve school attendance, reduce negative behaviors and provide life skills and job training opportunities. The program allows students to grow and learn as they are exposed to post-secondary career opportunities through partnerships with local business owners.

“We are thrilled that we can partner and work together on behalf of the students in this school district,” commented Joe Engelbrecht, Executive Director of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias, when he learned of the award.

Experts from school districts and county offices of education made up the 12-member judging panel that reviewed the written entries made the initial recommendations for the awards. On-site validators assessed the programs in action. This year’s award will be given to school districts and county offices of education that are helping students achieve through after-school programs, mentoring, instructional interventions, scheduling changes, use of data and other innovations.

“California schools continue to produce excellence even in these uncertain fiscal times. The Golden Bell Awards exemplify that excellence and the determination of school leaders to serve California’s children with award-winning programs and services,” said Vernon M. Billy, CSBA executive director.

CSBA is the non-profit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education. With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards, and district and county office administrators to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and well-being of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children. Learn more at www.csba.org.

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