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Embassy Suites & Harvest Middle School, Cakebread & Mt George Elementary School and Napa Resource Conservation District & New Tech High School win top honors at Adopt A School Napa’s Annual Awards

Napa, CA – 11/08/2016 – The Annual Adopt A School Napa Partnership of the Year Awards, celebrating local business and school relationships, were held November 2 at Napa Valley College.  The 2016 winners demonstrate how their partnerships are inspiring students.

The three Partnership Awards recognize varied levels of participation – Alliance, Project and Future. Each of the three winners received a $2,000 prize thanks to a generous donation from the Johnny Miller Champ Foundation.  Adopt A School received seventeen entries for this year’s awards.

“We are inspired by all the community partnerships in Napa. So many kids are learning in a way that would not be possible without these experiences.  It is this type of selfless initiative that The Johnny Miller Champ Foundation strives to promote.” says Andy Miller, son of NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller and Napa native.

The Alliance Award, given to the school that illustrates support in multiple areas and curriculum at the school, was accepted by Cheryl Velasquez from Embassy Suites Napa Valley for their partnership with Harvest Middle School.

Thanks to the partnership with Embassy Suites, students at Harvest have a new garden, participate in an exciting salsa making contest, receive special recognition gifts and enjoy an improved music program. Embassy Suites employees are equally inspired in their employer’s commitment to the school. The team members are all given an opportunity to play a role in the partnership and make a difference in the lives of students.

The Project Award, given to the school that illustrates a focus on a specific program or area of study, was accepted by Cakebread Winery Chef, Brian Streeter, for his 18-year commitment to the fourth grade class at Mt. George Elementary.

In 1998, Sara Cakebread was inspired to create a program in Napa that connected local chefs with elementary schools. The partnership at Mt. George Elementary has stood the test of time and an ever changing culinary landscape in Napa. Brian teaches a cooking class, introduces students to different foods and their local/global origins and helps foster an appreciation for sharing meals with one another.

The Future Award, given to the school that illustrates a partnership that inspires a vision, was accepted by Christy Wolf, a Biofitness Teacher at New Tech High School.

Christy has a vision to bring the real world to her teaching objectives so while reading about the Syar Quarry Expansion in the Napa Register, she was inspired to use the relevant & current topic to make her Ecology lessons fun for her students. Her partnership with the Napa Resource Conservation District has expanded to include partners at Napa Parks, Friends of Napa River, California Native Plant Society and Kaiser Permanente.

Nearly 70 school administrators, teachers, parents, students and business partners joined in the celebration, sponsored by Napa Valley College and Napa Valley Vintners.

“The Adopt A School program encourages schools and businesses to collaborate on creative ways to make learning fun by bringing real world ideas to the classroom;” said Karen Zimolzak, Program Director of Adopt A School Napa County. “The stories of success submitted this year are a testament to the dedication of our educators and the willingness of businesses to make a difference in the lives of students.”

Adopt A School thanks and congratulates all partnerships participating in this year’s awards:

2016 Adopt A School Partnership of the Year Award Submissions

  1. American Canyon Orthodontics & Canyon Oaks Elementary
  2. Brotemarkle Davis & Co, LLP & Chamberlain/Liberty High School
  3. Cakebread Winery & Mt. George Elementary
  4. Embassy Suites Napa Valley & Harvest Middle School
  5. Fontanella Winery and John Anthony Vineyards & Browns Valley Elementary
  6. Friday Night Live & Valley Oak High School
  7. Napa Recycling & Mt. George Elementary
  8. Napa Valley Vintners & Napa High School
  9. Napa Valley Museum & New Tech High School
  10. Napa Resource Conservation District, Syar Industries, Napa Parks, Friends of Napa River, Native Plant Society, and Kaiser Permanente & New Tech High School
  11. Napa Noon Rotary & Phillips Elementary
  12. Scientopia & Napa Valley Language Academy
  13. Scientopia & Vichy Elementary
  14. St Helena Historical Society & Helena High School
  15. SunPower Corporation & Napa High Student Uziel Gonzalez
  16. Sattui & Robert Lewis Stephenson Middle School
  17. Vineyard 29 & West Park Elementary

About Adopt A School Napa

Introduced to the community more than a decade ago by the Napa County Office of Education and Napa Valley Vintners, the Adopt A School Napa program seeks to engage, motivate and recognize businesses that partner with local schools to further enhance the educational experience for students and make a positive impact on the Napa Valley community.

Interested businesses can visit Adopt A School Napa’s website to learn more or contact Karen Zimolzak, program coordinator at 707.948.6484; adoptaschool@napalearns.org

About The Johnny Miller Champ Foundation

The Johnny Miller Champ Foundation strives to honor Johnny’s father’s legacy of creating champions. The mission of the Champ Foundation is to foster teachers, organizations, and causes, which are seeking to promote the dreams and aspirations of local youth.

Find out more at http://www.johnnymillerchampfoundation.org

Adopt A School Napa plans to highlight the business-education partnerships in the community with the Annual Partnership of the Year Award

Napa, CA – With the start of the new school year just days away, Adopt A School Napa invites schools and their business partners to come together and write their stories of inspiration for the Annual Partnership of the Year Award.

“Many schools in Napa County have wonderful partners in the community.  The real world experience that businesses bring to education inspires students and makes learning fun. The Partnership of the Year Award will celebrate the many ways businesses are making a positive impact on students and the community.” says Adopt A School Napa program coordinator Karen Zimolzak.

The Partnership of the Year Award recognizes the importance of the business-education partnership in Napa County. Thanks to a generous donation from The Johnny Miller Champ Foundation, each of the three award winners will receive $2,000 to support their partnership.

“It is inspiring to learn of Napa businesses willing to donate their time and effort to cultivate the education of local students.  It is this type of selfless initiative that The Johnny Miller Champ Foundation strives to promote.” says Andy Miller.

The deadline for 2016 Partnership of the Year Award submissions is September 30th. More information can be found on Adopt A School Napa’s recently launched website.

Last fall, the Partnership of the Year Award was awarded to Vichy Elementary School and Clos du Val Wines for their Adopt-A-Vine program.

“Vineyards make wonderful classrooms,” says Clos Du Val president and CEO Steve Tamburelli, who designed the Adopt-a-Vine program.

“This is a wonderful chance to show these students real-world applications to concepts they are learning in the classroom.” Their program brings classroom concepts to life for Vichy’s 4th Graders and inspires excitement for learning that will likely continue for many years to come.

Many businesses in Napa County have chosen to give back to the community by supporting education. Adopt A School Napa is happy to recognize all the successful partnerships and encourage other businesses to make a difference and inspire the next generation.

About Adopt A School Napa

Introduced to the community more than a decade ago by the Napa County Office of Education and Napa Valley Vintners, the Adopt A School Napa program seeks to engage, motivate and recognize businesses that partner with local schools to further enhance the educational experience for students and make a positive impact on the Napa Valley community.

Interested businesses can visit Adopt A School Napa’s website to view more examples of exciting partnerships and learn about opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

Contact: Karen Zimolzak, Program Coordinator, 707.948.6484, adoptaschool@napalearns.org

About The Johnny Miller Champ Foundation

The Johnny Miller Champ Foundation strives to honor Johnny’s father’s legacy of creating champions. The mission of the Champ Foundation is to foster teachers, organizations, and causes, which are seeking to promote the dreams and aspirations of local youth.

Find out more at http://www.johnnymillerchampfoundation.org

Adopt A School Invites Business Leaders to be Students at Napa’s Vintage High School

Vintage HSNapa, CA – 1/14/16 – Last month Adopt A School Napa County and Vintage High School administrators, teachers and students welcomed local business leaders to campus to learn about their career pathways program and see first-hand how young people in Napa are planning for the future and learning to become successful and contributing adults.

Dubbed “Crusher for a Day” after Vintage’s mascot, the goal of the event was to inspire local business leaders to get involved. The event’s success will create new partnerships where employees’ knowledge and expertise can be shared with students. “It was really great to get a behind the scenes look of what goes on at the school and I was extremely impressed by the student interaction in the classrooms. Kudos to the hard working teachers who often don’t get the recognition they so greatly deserve. It was also very nice to meet all of our fellow business colleagues and get some new perspectives on what is shaping up in the Napa community. Hopefully we can find a position or two for some of the students this coming season and most definitely over the summer” said attendee Jason Kipper, Founder of Heritage Eats in Napa.

Mike Pearson, Principal at Vintage agrees, “Vintage High School has over 1800 unique students and each one of them will find some kind of program or opportunity to engage with which was evident at the ‘Crusher for a Day’ event. We are grateful for the community members who took time out of their day to learn about a small sample of Vintage’s distinctive programs. Their interest and support of our school is invaluable. Vintage is a special place and we are eager to share what we do with others!”

Adopt A School program coordinator Karen Zimolzak believes the success of this event will lead to future events at other high schools in Napa County. “I am so proud of what Vintage High School presented to leaders in our community. The career pathways program, students and teachers were impressive and everyone who participated left inspired.”

Interested businesses can visit Adopt A School’s newly launched website www.adoptaschoolnapa.org to view more examples of exciting partnerships and learn about opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

About Adopt A School Napa County

The Adopt A School program seeks to engage Napa County businesses and community organizations to support local public schools and further enhance our children’s educational experience. More adopters = more support for the students, teachers and the schools.

Contact: Karen Zimolzak, Program Coordinator, 707.948.6484, adoptaschool@napalearns.org

Vichy Students Visit Clos du Val for Lessons in Farming

Napa Valley Register (March 5, 2015)
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Clos Du Val Launches Innovative

Adopt-a-Vine” Education Program for Napa’s Vichy Elementary School as Part of a New Series of Community Outreach Efforts” Wine Business Monthly (February 17, 2015)

Letter to the Editor: Adopt a School Program Seeks New Participants

Napa Valley Register (July 28, 2014)

Adopt a School Day

St Helena Star (April 9, 2014)

Career Day at V. Sattui

St. Helena Star (February 21, 2013)

Helping a Superhero

Napa Valley Register (November 30, 2012)

Wineries Adopt Local Schools

St Helena Star (December 18, 2008)

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