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El Camino Creek Elementary School visited by Chief Justice

ENCINITAS – El Camino Creek Elementary School will be honored as a 2015 Civic Learning Award winner.

As a recipient of one of three Awards of Excellence, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye will present El Camino Creek Elementary School with the award on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
The Civic Learning Awards, now in their third year, celebrate public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning.
The awards are presented at three levels: Awards of Excellence, Awards of Distinction, and Awards of Merit.
El Camino Creek, one of three in the state of California, has received an Award of Excellence, the highest level, and will receive a visit from the Chief Justice.  Among the many civic learning opportunities students experience at El Camino Creek Elementary, this award highlights three specific programs:  “Environmental Stewards”, which involves students in the Garden Life Lab, and the Scrap Cart program in efforts to make the planet a healthier place in which to live; and the piloting of two separate mock trial units in partnership with California State University San Marcos .
Superintendent Dr. Timothy Baird commended the El Camino Creek leadership and staff.
“El Camino Creek’s commitment to engaging students in civic learning is evidenced by the success of the program,” Baird said.
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye said she is inspired by the student’s dedication.
“What I see in our public schools, the level of dedication our teachers and students have to their communities, is inspirational. I’m really looking forward to meeting the younger recipients we recognize with this year’s award,” said Cantil-Sakauye.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “It’s exciting to see these outstanding teachers preparing students to be informed and engaged citizens by having them participate in mock elections, mock trials and other relevant and rigorous civic learning opportunities.”
EUSD is a leader in the development and implementation of a comprehensive educational program, including recognition as an Apple Distinguished Program.
Recently, EUSD was named a National Green Ribbon School District by the U.S. Department of Education and received a 2015 Magna Award from the National School Boards Association.