San Bernardino County Schools Win Edison “New Era” Awards

January 29, 2007

January 29, 2007

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2007—Edison International has selected three San Bernardino County schools as winners in its New Era Awards For Excellence in K-12 Education competition.  The awards recognize schools that support innovative solutions for keeping at-risk students engaged in school and focused on academic success.

Rialto High School, St. Catherine of Siena Elementary School in Rialto, and St. Anthony School in San Bernardino were each awarded $10,000.

The schools were among the 19 winners recently awarded a total of nearly $150,000 in the latest round of the company’s annual competition for public and private schools, now in its 16th year.  Winning programs in the New Era competition support science and mathematics learning, college preparation, environmental and/or energy-efficiency programs, and after-school programs that enhance learning and achievement.

Rialto High School’s winning program, “Out of the Dark Ages,” will use science standards, real-world experience, and technology to teach students about alternative energy.

St. Catherine’s “After-School Program to Enhance Learning and Achievement” project will use proven methods to excite, stimulate, and inspire first-through-eighth-grade students to attain a better grasp of science.

St. Anthony’s “Alternative Energy After School Science Club” will help students become more proficient in math and science.

“The New Era program is designed to support worthy outreach programs that might otherwise fail to get funding,” said Ray Gonzalez, a public affairs region manager for Southern California Edison, the utility unit of Edison International.  “All of the project winners did a good job of coming up with creative ways of encouraging students to learn.”

New Era grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.  They are awarded on the basis of how well the educational activities prepare underserved students for academic success, higher
education, and a competitive work force.

Edison International is a longtime supporter of education.  Since 1960, the company has provided thousands of college scholarships to deserving students.  Edison also has provided volunteers, technical expertise, in-kind donations, and financial assistance to a wide variety of educational enrichment programs designed to benefit Southern California youth.

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Based in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International (NYSE: EIX) is the parent company of Southern California Edison and Edison Mission Group.