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Outstanding School Business Partnerships Recognized

March 6, 2012-- A number of local schools and businesses are being recognized with STAR Awards for their efforts this school year. The STAR Awards honor the best of the best in the Anchorage School Business Partnership program.

These exemplary partners will be honored at the STAR Awards Recognition Luncheon at 11:30 on April 25 at the Dena'ina Convention Center. Reservations to attend the ceremony may be made online at www.asdk12.org/depts/sbp.

Anchorage School Business Partnership, which began in 1991 as a joint venture between the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Anchorage School District, has grown from 28 businesses to more than 500 partnerships throughout the city. Partners provide schools with guest speakers, classroom volunteers, work experience for students, material and monetary resources, as well as  other special activities.

The 2012 Anchorage School Business Partnership STAR awardees include:


  Student STAR Award Winner -  Perla Cruz, Bartlett High School

  Educator STAR Award Winner - Valerie Ekberg-Brown, Chugiak High School

 Business STAR Award Winners

   Alaska Rubber & Supply and Romig Middle School

   Alaska Veterans Administration Hospital and Bartlett High School

   Anchorage International Rotary Club and North Star Elementary School

   Anchorage South Rotary Club and Chinook Elementary School

   NMS &  DiTomaso's Fruit & Vegetables and SAVE High School


 Executive STAR Award Winner - Dora Wilson, NECA/IBEW

 Superintendent STAR Award Winner - Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson Partnership Program and ASD

 Shining STAR Award Winner -  Carol Comeau, Anchorage School District Superintendent


The STAR Awards were initiated in 1996 to recognize an outstanding partnership in the Anchorage School District. At that time, there were 190 partnerships and one award was given. As the number of participating organizations increased, so have the award opportunities. The 28-member School Business Partnership Board of Directors, superintendent and executive director select the STAR award winners based on the following criteria:


 Enthusiastic support of School Business Partnerships and the school(s) with whom the nominee is partnered

 Commitment to educational enhancement of youth

 Excellence of activities or program

 Dedication to the continuation and success of the program

 Participation on a regular, dependable basis

 Willingness to be flexible and innovative in supporting and assuring success


Learn more about the SBP program at www.asdk12.org/depts/sbp.

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