The upcoming District 279 Foundation's 16th annual “An Investment in Youth” gala recognizes and celebrates the many achievements and success stories of District 279 students, volunteers, and staff.  More than 60 individuals will be recognized for making significant investments in one of the following:

  • their own learning
  • the betterment of education
  • developing their own talents
  • overcoming adversity
  • helping the community
  • modeling for youth

Complete list of 2014 award recipients

The event is Sunday, May 4, at Park Center Senior High. The RSVP deadline for the dinner has passed; however, the ceremony portion of the program is free and open to the public. Seating for the program and awards ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m. 

- Published April 28, 2014

MayaSandersGarden City Elementary third grader Maya Sanders received the Dennis Winfield Leadership Award at the City of Brooklyn Center’s Police and Citizens Awards Ceremony.

One student from each of Brooklyn Center’s elementary schools receives this award for going beyond the expectations set by his or her school in regards to helping others.

Maya was chosen for this award because she consistently follows Garden City Elementary’s school BLUE expectations:

  • Be respectful
  • Learn responsibly
  • Use self-control, so
  • Everyone achieves

Garden City Elementary Principal Todd Tischer said Maya works hard to befriend new students and to include others who may feel left out. Additionally, she has created anti-bullying posters for the school.

“Maya’s sunny smile and positive, kind words to everyone are great daily examples for students and teachers in our school,” said Tischer. 

-Published April 25, 2014