The Stanislaus County Office of Education recently received local, state and national recognition for its efforts to promote civility through the countywide "Choose Civility" initiative.
It received awards from the National School Public Relations Organization; the Central Valley Public Relations Organization; and the top statewide award, a California Gold, from the California School Public Relations Organization. The SCOE launched the campaign in the fall of 2010 with the goal of enhancing civility throughout the culture of the community.
More than 250 local business partners and nearly every school district in the county have signed on to support the initiative.
"It's exciting to see 'Choose Civility' spreading beyond our county. We know of seven other counties that are moving forward to adopt their own initiatives modeled after ours," said Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon.
The Communications Department at the Stanislaus County Office of Education, including Assistant Superintendent Sue Rich and communications coordinators Cynthia Fenech and Judy Leitz, received honors.
The late Jane Johnston, assistant superintendent of administrative services, was noted as instrumental in the launch of the initiative.
In addition to the awards for "Choose Civility," CalSPRO also honored the SCOE with an Award of Excellence for its Annual Report to the Community, an Award of Excellence for its Teacher of the Year Video and an Award of Merit for a Staff Lip Dub Video shown at the SCOE's 2011 Staff Kickoff.
Ripon's Color the Skies organizers Jessica and Greg Coleman, along with festival volunteers and pilots, recently presented a check for $50,000 to Madera's Children's Hospital Central California. The money represented proceeds from the Color the Skies hot air balloon festival in September.
The city of Modesto will recognize six businesses for their recycling efforts in 2011. Boyett Petroleum, the Center for Human Services, Community Business College, Community Hospice and its Hope Chest Thrift Stores, Memorial Medical Center and Modesto Junk Co. combined to recycle or reduce 36,000 tons of material that otherwise would have been thrown away. The companies will be honored during the City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.
Never Boring Design of Modesto scored well in awards presentations, winning five in the MarCom competitions, two Davey Awards and two CVPRO honors. MarCom recognizes corporate marketing efforts. Davey Awards laud the creativity of outstanding small firms, agencies and companies worldwide. CVPRO recognizes local communicators and their organizations in the Central Valley.
Sandra Ortega-Ramos, counselor at Glick Middle School and Empire Elementary School, has been selected as the California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year for Region 6, which includes Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties. Ortega-Ramos was chosen from five nominees. She will represent the region at the league's Educator of the Year competition in Sacramento in March.
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