San Diego School District Receives $250,000 Award

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San Diego Unified School District has been awarded the Best Buy Teach Award worth $250,000 for creative use of interactive technology in grades K-12. The winning program, Unsung Heroes, had students interview and digitally document community heroes using consumer electronics, according to Best Buy.

"We are encouraged by this Best Buy investments in our students," said Carl Cohn, superintendent of San Diego Unified, in a prepared statement. "Using the latest multimedia digital tools for interactive learning will give them a huge advantage. Mastering these excellent 21st-century skills will prepare out students t o add value to their community."

San Diego Unified was one of the 50 school districts invited to compete for the $250,000 award after a school in each district had been awarded $15,000 in a preliminary competition. La Jolla High School was San Diego's winner for its program that combined auto shop, photography, physics, and art classes to teach solar and electrical energy concepts, according to Best Buy.

Those wishing to apply, applications for the 2008 Teach Award program will be available from July 1, 2007 to Sept. 30, 2007 at the company website. Any non-profit public or private K-12 school located within 50 miles of a Best Buy can apply.

San Diego Unified School District has more than 132,500 students currently enrolled in more than 250 educational facilities.

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