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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2010
CONTACT:  Bobbie Fisher, Chief Communications Officer, 757.889.9107, bobbie.fisher@whro.org

WHRO PRESENTS GEDDY AWARDS TO AREA SCHOOLS
Schools Honored for Integration of Technology into Classrooms

NORFOLK:  WHRO announced today that it has awarded the 2010 Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. Awards to three area public schools.  The Vernon M. Geddy, Jr. Award was established by WHRO’s Board of Directors in April 2004 to recognize regional public schools perceived as most effectively integrating technology into the curriculum, as well as increasing overall school efficiencies and student performance.  The award is named in honor of the late Williamsburg attorney and former Mayor of the City of Williamsburg, whose advocacy for education and commitment to the region are well known.  Mr. Geddy served for many years on the governing Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association (HRETA), which does business as WHRO.  He served on several of its committees, including the Executive, Audit & Finance and Nominating committees.  In addition, he was a charter member of the WHRO Foundation. 

In determining each year’s Geddy Award honorees, relative size, budget, community partnerships, and special circumstances are considered.  Nominations are solicited through WHRO’s Educational Advisory Committee and Superintendents Advisory Council.

The 2010 Elementary School Geddy Award was presented to Riverside Elementary School of Newport News Public Schools.  At Riverside Elementary School in Newport News, students as young as five years old are using technology.  From iPods and video conferencing tools for the students to computers and webcams in the main office, they use the tools to improve learning, make their students safe and keep their parents and community involved.  Riverside’s staff continually participates in professional development, gaining awards and grants and community partnerships to provide for their students. Riverside distinguishes itself as an incubator of innovative educational technologies, as a home for forward-thinking 21st century educators and leaders and as an advocate for using technology to meet the diverse needs of 21st century students.

 In the Middle School category, the Geddy award was presented to Princess Anne Middle School of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  Technology tools and digital resources are regularly used by Princess Anne teachers to engage, inspire, motivate, and hook the students to go beyond the ordinary and improve learning.  Teachers use SharePoint websites, personal websites and SchoolNet websites to open lines of communications with students and parents. With more parent portal registrants than any other school in the beach (1300+) and more than 50 ListServ subscriptions available, PAMS parent communication is thriving.  The digital marquee is used to recognize students and staff and to keep the community involved. 

 The Geddy Award in the High School category was presented to First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach.  While there is an impressive list of digital tools and resources with descriptions of projects, it is the outcomes that helped First Colonial become this year’s choice in the High School category.  Teachers are demanding more equipment and students are participating in more contests and achieving more competencies.  Participation with parents and community has increased with the help of their award-winning web site. Their list of community partnerships and their collection of awards and grants show that this is a school that uses its technology in every way possible.

 

 WHRO is a public service media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of telecommunications services.  Thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO's public television and two public radio stations every day.  Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that educates, entertains and promotes understanding. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month.