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June 4, 2009

Castillo Recognizes the 2009 Outstanding Oregon Community/School Partnership

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that the partnership between Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and Hood River County School District has been named as the recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Community/School Partnership Award. This is the fourth year that Castillo has recognized Outstanding Community/School Partnerships. Selection criteria included: dedicated mission, diverse participants and partnerships, sustainable funding, meaningful programs, and attainable goals.

“Teamwork and partnership are wise investments in our schools, our students, their families, and our communities,” Castillo said. "When we pool our resources and services, we ensure that each and every child is given the best chance to succeed. When every community puts education first, then the needs of all children are met through the work of family members, community members, and school leaders.”

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital and Hood River County School District Partnership

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital has been serving students for over 15 years in the areas of: the school nursing program, athletics, dental health, medical outreach, the arts, after school programs, health career internships, and individual grants.

“In order for students to be successful in mastering the strong curriculum necessary to prepare them for work and life, they must be ready to learn. We know unmet health care needs create obstacles to learning,” said Castillo. “Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital’s support of Hood River County schools helps assure that students are healthy and ready for their future. It is my hope that even more hospitals in Oregon will partner with their schools for the sake of children and learning.”

The recipient was nominated and invited to apply. A Blue Ribbon panel made up of the State Commission on Children and Families board chair, Oregon Parent Teacher Association staff member, Oregon School Boards Association staff member, Oregon ASK member, Salem City Council member, Milken educator, members of the 2008 Outstanding Community/School Partnerships, and Department of Education staff helped to narrow down the applicant pool. Superintendent Castillo made the final selection. The award recipient will receive $1,000 and a certificate of recognition.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Morgan Allen, Communications & Legislative Director, Telephone (503) 947-5737

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