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Creekside Charter School awarded $375,000 in federal grant money

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; Tahoe Cityand#8217;s Creekside Cooperative Charter School announced its receipt of an additional $125,000 in federal grant money, dispersed by the California Department of Education as part of the Public Charter School Grant Program and designed to assist new charter schools. This higher grant award follows an original grant of $250,000 awarded Creekside last year.

As a stipulation for receiving the grant money, funds will be spent in the next 12 months on new technology and equipment, curriculum and professional development. Creekside will use funds to build on its original investment of 80 MacBooks, an ongoing commitment to have a computer for each studentand#8217;s use. In addition, interactive white boards, designed to help further engage students, will be purchased for each classroom. A portion of the grant funds will also go toward software, online resource subscriptions and textbooks to support the schooland#8217;s classroom and non-classroom based options. Finally, a large investment in professional development training will be made, including Apple workshops, Google education training, a positive discipline classroom management forum, and a collaborative training with High Tech High, a technology focused school in San Diego, to develop project-based lesson plans. Creekside will continue to open these professional workshops to educators serving other schools in the area, so the community at large may benefit.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s amazing to see how this wonderful school, started nearly 14 years ago by a small group of dedicated families, has evolved into a highly successful public charter school,and#8221; said Camille Taylor, director at Creekside. and#8220;An investment such as this is testament that our program is working for the students, the staff and the hands-on parents who deserve immense credit for making our school so unique.and#8221;

In addition to receiving grant funds, Creekside benefits from a five-year charter renewal awarded this spring by the Newcastle Elementary School District. This commitment helps to further establish the school and develop its program offerings in the Tahoe community. As such, Creekside is adding an additional classroom for first and second graders and will soon post additional enrollment opportunities.

The first in a series of professional development workshops is scheduled for May 19 and 20 on the subject of incorporating technology in classroom projects through Garage Band, iDVD, iChat and iMovie. Workshops will be held at Creekside, 330 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. Contact the school for more information about enrollment and educator professional development opportunities at 530-581-1036 or visit http://www.creeksidecooperative.org.

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Creekside Cooperative is a California public school serving kindergarten through sixth grade. The schooland#8217;s program focuses on personalized, experiential learning. With an anticipated enrollment of 100 students in the 2011-2012 school year, Creeksideand#8217;s academic standing falls within the top six percent of K-8 public schools in the state. Creekside is committed to nurturing the whole student by cultivating high academic achievement and strong social development. Its hybrid program combines the support of classroom instruction with the flexibility of non-classroom based options, partnering with parents through a strong PTO to provide daily Spanish instruction and weekly enrichment workshops to students. Creekside offers its students ongoing opportunities to explore beyond the classroom walls through skiing, hands-on science projects, martial arts, music, art, field trips, service learning and more.