Thumbs up to Buchanan High School's Paul Lake, who was honored as California's High School Educator of the Year. Lake, a physics teacher, is also the school's robotics team advisor. Students not only build large robots but learn fundraising, marketing, filmmaking and art. We hope that Lake's high-profile award will bring more exposure to science and inspire students throughout the Valley to pursue science instruction.
Thumbs up to Comcast for providing $150,000 in grants to nonprofits in Fresno and Elk Grove. The funds will be used to create "Internet Essentials Learning Zones." Fresno area recipients are Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County, the Center for Multicultural Cooperation, the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation and Reading & Beyond. The learning zones begin with wired classrooms and follow students to wired libraries, computer centers, after-school programs and homes.
Thumbs up to Reedley College Dean of Instruction David Clark, winner of the Dr. Harold Haak Award for educational excellence. For 25 years, Clark has brought innovation and community collaboration to the college's career technical education program. Also honored Wednesday at the annual Fresno Compact luncheon were these Partnership Award recipients: BSK Associates, Central Valley Community Bank, GrayLift, Harris Manufacturing, Integrative Brand Management, PureFresh Sales, Inc., Tim Messer Construction, Inc., Universal Biopharma Research Institute, Inc., and Vons at Herndon and Fowler avenues.