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Alpha Awards

The National Job Corps has announced the winners of its Alpha Awards, which honor individuals, businesses, and communities for their commitment to helping disadvantaged youths succeed through the federal Job Corps program. The recipients are:

E-Z Communications, St. Louis, Mo., for providing free prime-time broadcasts to inform listeners about the program; Johnson Controls World Services, Hancock County, Miss., for sharing its expertise with students to help them train for jobs; Anaconda Chamber of Commerce, Anaconda, Mont., for serving as an employment link for Job Corps students and generating statewide support; City of McKinney, Texas, for its proactive efforts in renewing community involvement and support.

Pennsylvania Job Corps Leadership Coalition, Lopez, Pa., for its efforts to enrich the states' four centers and to ensure the continuation of the Job Corps nationally; Ken Klein, Tulsa, Okla., for working with fellow builders to educate policymakers about the importance of the corps; Dick Knowles, Denison, Iowa, for the reporting his newspaper the Denison Newspaper provided to the community about the program; Karen Wagner, Moses Lake, Wash., for her support and work as part of the Community Relations Council.


Educators at 10 schools have been honored with the 1996 American Heroes in Education, sponsored by Reader's Digest. The awards are presented to educators who make a difference in lives of youths. The nine individual winners and one team have each received $5,000; their schools each received $10,000. The winners are:

Donna W. Brown, librarian, Hammonton Middle School, Hammonton, N.J., for introducing children to community service and strengthening ties in the community; Norma Chevere, teacher, Public School 155, New York City, for her use of computer technology in the classroom; Edward L. Cole, principal, Littlefield High School, Alanson, Mich., for his efforts to reopen his school after a fire; Rita M. DeMundo, teacher, McNinch Elementary School, Moundsville, W.Va., for creating a program to help parents become better math tutors for their children; Howard A. Friedman, principal, Manhattan Comprehensive Day and Night High School, New York City, for starting a high school that accommodates student needs by operating from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Annie E. Johnson, principal, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, Baltimore, Md., for starting a year-round school and an investment fund to help inner-city students go to college; Joyce Kistler, teacher, Carlsbad High School, Carlsbad, Calif., for creating a peer-counseling program; Shirley Knox-Benton, principal, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Fort Worth, Texas, for her efforts to fight gang presence in her school; Michael Todd Nelson, counselor, Oscar F. Smith High School, Chesapeake, Va., for using basketball to motivate teenage boys to learn; William S. Wade, headmaster, and Douglas W. Cameron, teacher, St. Andrews Sewanee School, St. Andrews, Tenn., for raising funds to run a summer-school program that brings together inner-city teens from the South Bronx in New York City and American Indian youths from the reservations of South Dakota.


The U.S. Department of Education has named 56 elementary and secondary schools in low-income areas as winners of the Title I National Recognition Awards for 1995-96. The schools are being honored for showing marked success in improving student achievement through help from the federal compensatory-education program. The winners and their districts are listed below by state:

Alabama. Kitty Stone Elementary School, Jacksonville City Schools; Central Park School, Birmingham Public Schools. Arkansas. Sallie Cone Elementary School, Conway School District. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Alamo Navajo Community School Board Inc., Magalena, N.M.; San Felipe Pueblo Elementary School, BIA, N.M. California. William Anderson Elementary School, Lawndale School District; Gompers Secondary School, San Diego Unified School District. Colorado. Billie Martinez Elementary School, Weld County School District #6, Greeley; Montview Elementary School, Aurora Public Schools.

Connecticut. Annie Fisher School, Hartford Board of Education; Elias Howe School, Bridgeport Public Schools. Delaware. Lancashire Elementary School, Brandywine School District, Claymont; William Lewis Elementary School, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington. Florida. Fienberg/Fisher Elementary School, Dade County Public Schools, Miami; Northwest Elementary School, Pasco County School Board, Land O'Lakes. Georgia. Grovetown Elementary School, Columbia County School System, Appling; Hapeville Elementary School, Fulton County School System, Atlanta.

Hawaii. Ka'iulani Elementary School, Honolulu District Office. Indiana. Lincoln Elementary School, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation, Columbus. Kansas. New York Elementary School, Lawrence Public Schools; Ogden Elementary School, Manhattan-Ogden Unified School District #383. Kentucky. James E. Biggs Early Childhood Center, Covington Independent Schools; Western Middle School, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville. Louisiana. Albert Wicker Elementary School, New Orleans Public Schools; Shady Grove Elementary School, Ouachita Parish School Board, Monroe.

Maine. Jack Elementary School, Portland Public Schools. Maryland. Patapsco Elementary School #163, Baltimore City Schools; Broad Acres Elementary School, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville. Massachusetts. Samuel W. Mason Elementary School, Boston Public Schools; Worcester Arts Magnet School, Worcester Public Schools. Michigan. Gabriel Richard Elementary School, Detroit Public Schools; Samuel Gompers Elementary School, Detroit Public Schools. Mississippi. Gulfview Elementary School, Hancock County School Systems, Lakeshore; Kosciusko Middle Elementary School, Kosciusko School District.

Missouri. Shepard Accelerated School, St. Louis Public Schools; The Lake Road Schoolwide Project, Poplar Bluff R-1 School District. Nevada. Anderson School, Washoe County School District, Reno. New Hampshire. Gossler Park School, Manchester School District; New Franklin School, Portsmouth School Department. New Mexico. Clovis Municipal School, Clovis Municipal School District. New York. Gwendoline N. Alleyne School, Community School District 30, Jackson Heights; John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Kingston City Consolidated School.

North Carolina. Chadburn Elementary School, Columbus County Schools Board of Education, Whiteville. Ohio. Highland Elementary School, Columbus City School District, Columbus; Webster Elementary Structured Magnet School, Dayton Public Schools. Oklahoma. Emerson Elementary School, McAlester Public Schools; Roosevelt Elementary School, Altus Public Schools. Oregon. Kenton Elementary School, Portland Public Schools; Pine Grove Elementary School, Hood River School District. Pennsylvania. Washington Elementary School, School District of Lancaster.

Tennessee. Charlotte Park Elementary School, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools; Pond Gap Elementary School, Knox County School District. Virginia. Gold Hill Elementary School, Buckingham County Schools; Magruder Primary School, Newport News City Public Schools. Washington. Bemiss Elementary School, Spokane School District #81; West Hills Elementary School, Bremerton School District. West Virginia. Riverside Elementary School, Monongalia County Schools, Morgantown.


Donald P. Butzko, teacher, Fairfield High School, Fairfield, Conn., has been presented with the Clarissa Hug Teacher of the Year Award by the Council for Exceptional Children for his work with students with mental retardation and learning disabilities.

Gaston Caperton, governor of West Virginia, has been awarded the 1996 Zenith Data Systems Information Technology Leadership Award for Education, sponsored by the Computerworld Smithsonian Awards Program and Zenith Data Systems.

Evelyn B. Foster, student-service coordinator, Bartlett Yancey Senior High School, Pelham, N.C., has received the 1996 Educational Support Personnel Award, sponsored by the National Education Association.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, Los Angeles, Calif., has been awarded the 1996 BRAVO Award, sponsored by Club 100 of the Los Angeles County Music Center, in recognition of innovation and making arts an integral part of the curriculum.

Gerry Madrazo Jr., executive director, University of North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network, Chapel Hill, N.C., has been awarded a Citation for Distinguished Service to Science Education by the National Science Teachers Association.

Kathleen McCormick, a professor and director of freshman reading and writing, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Hartford, Conn., has been awarded the Mina Shaughnessy Prize, given by the Modern Language Association, for her book The Culture of Reading and the Teaching of English.

Sister Lourdes Sheehan, director, Alliance for Catholic Education, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., has been awarded the 1996 C. Albert Koob Merit Award, sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, for her lifelong dedication to Roman Catholic education.

The National Association of School Psychologists has awarded its School Psychologist of the Year award to two winners this year. They are:

Laura E. McGrail, school psychologist, Henderson County Public Schools, Henderson, Ky.; Leslie Z. Paige, school psychologist, Hays West Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative, Bison, Kan.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Center Alliance for Arts Education Network and the National School Boards Association have awarded the 1996 School Board Award to two school districts for their outstanding support for high-quality arts education. They are:

Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee, Wis.; Township High School District 113, Highland Park, Ill.

Vol. 15, Issue 33

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