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Swan Valley School District Receives Honorable Mention in 2016 MAGNA Awards

DashBoard, March 16, 2016

Swan Valley School District was recognized with an honorable mention for its Library Media SERVICE Center in the 22nd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s American School Board Journal. The awards, supported by Sodexo, recognize school districts and their leaders for taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and communities. 

Swan Valley’s high school library has evolved into a center where the students serve as engineers, mentors, tutors and primary service providers. When funding cut preschool access to the public library, the high school library created a young children’s section, and high school students now teach literacy lessons to 3- and 4-year-olds. When the district purchased an iPad for every student, the media center became the hub for a student-run iPad repair team, taking service calls on software and hardware problems throughout the district.

Each year, one district from each of the three enrollment categories—under 5,000 students, 5,000-20,000 students and 20,000 and above studentsearns the Magna Grand Prize. In addition, five award winners and five honorable mention districts are chosen for each category. Swan Valley was one of the honorable mentions in the under 5,000 students’ category. Last year, they received the Grand Prize award for the under 5,000 students category for its Read for Peace—Work for Justice program.

“Public schools work tirelessly to improve student achievement,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “These Magna Award-winning districts are some of the finest examples of the creativity and dedication of our public school leaders across this nation.”

All honored districts will recognized during the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon on April 9 at NSBA’s 76th Annual Conference in Boston. Additionally, all of the 2016 winners are highlighted in a special section in the April issue of ASBJ.

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