Golden Bell
Golden Bell Award Winner
Posted on 11/27/2012

Covina-Valley Unified School District will be honored in the 33rd Annual GoldenBell Awards program of the California School Boards Association. 

The award was won in the parent participation category for the Morning Reading Club (MRC) under the direction of Page Christensen.

The highly respected Golden Bell Awards will be presented at a special ceremonyduring CSBA’s Awards Luncheon at the Westin Saint Francis Hotel in San Francisco, on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from noon to 2:30 p.m.  The event is held in conjunction with the California School Boards Association’s Annual Education Conference.

The Morning Reading Club was created through a unique and exemplary parent partnership to motivate children to develop into life-long readers by providing a fun, safe, and structured opportunity for them to read and take Reading Counts quizzes before regular school hours. Mrs. Diaz, the club’s parent volunteer coordinator, has been coming dutifully to Rowland every morning for the past six years to run the club, even though her daughter is now in high school. She has a loyal group of parent helpers who assist over one hundred children and their parents on a daily basis. They are driven by the smiles and excitement the children generate when they pass a Reading Counts quiz, and especially when they get one hundred percent on a quiz. This parent partnership has truly made an impact in closing the achievement gap and raising student achievement.  From the program’s inception in 2006, the school has increased its Academic Performance Index score from 769 to 874 for a gain of more than 100 points.  The school’s state and similar schools rankings have also increased two deciles. The Morning Reading Club is truly an example of parent volunteerism at its best!

The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of the education programs necessary to address students’ changing needs. The goal of this awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.