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;

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.

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Develop lasting relationships with the future leaders of our community. Learn about our program, ways you can help and how to initiate a partnership.
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