Northwest NEWS

May 25, 1998


Riverview Multi-Age earns teaching award

  Nestle USA has announced that the Riverview Multi-Age School in Duvall has been named a winner of their third annual "Nestle Very Best in Teaching Awards " competition. Riverview Multi-Age was awarded $1,500 as the second runner-up in the competition. Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, IL was awarded the grand prize of $5,000. The first runner-up, winning $2,500, was Glenridge Elementary School of Landover Hills, MD. The cash prizes awarded to the schools will fund projects that improve student learning and support each school's development plan.
   The three winners were selected from schools nominated by Nestle facilities across the country. The "Very Best in Teaching Awards" are part of a broad effort that encourages Nestle employees at all U.S. offices, production facilities and distribution centers to participate in Nestle's "Very Best Volunteer" Adopt-A-School Program. Launched nationally in 1995, the program provides corporate funding and excused work-time to enable employees to volunteer as mentors, tutors, readers and speakers in local schools.
   "We sponsor the annual awards to recognize several of our partner schools which have done an outstanding job of collaborating with parents and the community to create an innovative curriculum and school environment which improves student learning," said Gene Boykins, Vice President of Education Programs and Workforce Diversity at Nestle USA.
   The winning programs, which demonstrated excellence in ensuring student achievement and preparing children for the future world of work, included:
   * A comprehensive school to work program for children of all ages in the school (K-12) established at Illinois School for the Deaf.
   * An innovative reading program at Glenridge Elementary.
   * An integrated curriculum in all areas with an emphasis on math and science at the Riverview Multi-Age Program. The program is designed to teach students how to learn without putting limits on their achievements, allowing them to develop at their own rate in an environment of cooperation.
   In addition to cash prizes for the winners, all nominated schools will be recognized for their commitment to children's education with a plaque and samples of Nestle products for each school's staff members. Locally, the Nestle Regional Training Center at Carnation Farm sponsored the Riverview Multi-Age Program as a Nestle "Very Best Volunteer" Adopt-A-School partner and "Very Best in Teaching Awards" nominee.
   The check for $1,500 was presented May 12 in an award ceremony at the school. The event included a book swap/ice cream social, which featured school district administrators reading to the children and distribution of free books to each student as part of a Reading is Fundamental grant.