At the Tuesday, October 9, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Board of Education meeting, two exemplary groups were recognized for recent outstanding achievements.
The Board officially recognized Golden Elementary School for their newfound status of 2018 National Blue Ribbon School as designated by the U.S. Department of Education. In attendance to accept the award on behalf of the school was principal, Dr. Alison DeMark, recently retired principal, Roann Turk, assistant principal, Kristin McDonald, and the school’s team of application writers including teachers Geri McBride, Michelle Woinarowicz, Terri Hanna, Gloria Johnson, and Kristi Cooan.
“Incredibly, Golden was the only school in Orange County to receive this award, and one of just twelve throughout the state of California,” shared deputy superintendent Candy Plahy. “In total, only 300 public and 49 private schools nationwide received this matching distinction for 2018.”
In addition, Trustees set aside time to celebrate the R.E.A.C.H. Foundation’s 7-year anniversary. Made up of a team of dedicated volunteers, R.E.A.C.H. is an education focused, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization in benefit of PYLUSD students district-wide.
Under the direction of president, Julie Nibali, R.E.A.C.H. supports academic, athletic, and art-based programs in PYLUSD by coordinating fundraising efforts such as the ShamRock ‘n Run and the annual Brighter Future Donation campaign. The groups’ efforts afford PYLUSD students the chance to participate in enjoyable, educational competitions such as the R.E.A.C.H. Spelling Bee and the Middle School Track Meet. The Board expressed great thanks for the Foundation’s continued partnership and support.
Congrats to all!