March 15, 2013
Contact: Vicki Grenz
SAN DIEGO, California (Mar 14, 2013).--Today, the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) presented the annual Hart Vision Award to the Charter School Supporter of the Year, Barbara Grimm-Marshall, founder of Grimmway Academy in Arvin, near Bakersfield.
"As co-owner of Grimmway Farms, one of the largest and most respected agriculture companies in California, Barbara has been dedicated to support schools in and around Bakersfield, not only for her company's employees, but for all students in the region," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.
This commitment to students led Barbara to create Grimmway Academy, a charter school that focuses on improved learning for all students, incorporation of technology to support instruction, and the creation of an Edible Schoolyard program meant to improve student dietary habits and support the health of all family members. In its two years of operation, Grimmway Academy has generated phenomenal results and has helped transform the conversation about charter schools throughout Kern County. Now on its way to expanding into middle school grades, Grimmway Academy is devising plans for how to respond to the many residents in the area wanting Grimmway Academies to come to their communities as well.
"As happens to many supporters of our movement, Barbara has come to realize that the success of our schools depends upon the success of advocacy efforts happening in Sacramento and in communities across California," noted Wallace. "Barbara's incredible generosity extends beyond Grimmway Academy to communities throughout the state," said Wallace, adding "she has become one of the anchor funders of CCSA Advocates, the political organization that has generated many electoral wins on behalf of candidates and issues of importance to charter schools."
"Barbara Grimm-Marshall is a shining example of how dedicated people can make a measurable difference in the lives of children," remarked Wallace. The award was presented at the California Charter Schools Association's 20th anniversary conference held March 12-14, 2013 in San Diego.
The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools. The goals of the Hart Vision Awards are to recognize and honor annually individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.
The California Charter Schools Conference has run annually for 20 years, offering resources, guidance, and advocacy support to a charter school movement that has grown to more than 1,000 schools serving 484,000 students.
For information about Hart Vision award winners and other California Charter Schools Conference highlights, please visit http://www.charterconference.org/2013/program/.
About the California Charter Schools Association
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,063 charter public schools and more than 484,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to empower parents and educators to unleash a new era of innovation within public education so that highly autonomous and accountable schools of choice provide quality learning opportunities for all California students. For more information, please visit www.calcharters.org.