The Tehama County Mentoring Program was one of three Tehama County Department of Education programs to come home with a prestigious Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association on December 5, 2009. The award, presented in San Diego during the CSBA annual conference, promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California.
This year, nearly 200 entries in 19 Golden Bell categories were received. Experts from school districts and county offices of education comprised the 19 member judging panel. The Tehama County Mentoring Program staff met three times with a CSBA representative who verified the application. The Mentoring Program competed in the category of Partnerships and Collaborations.
The Golden Bell was accepted on behalf of the Tehama County Mentoring Program by Tehama County Superintendent Larry Champion and Tehama County Mentoring Program Coordinator Melissa Mendonca. Assistant Superintendent Charles Allen and Student Support Services Director Amy Henderson were also in attendance.
“This award is accepted on behalf of the many mentors and mentees who comprise our program and make it the success that it is,” said Mendonca. “Our mentors are giving selflessly of their time and knowledge to ensure the next generation is meeting its potential. Our mentees are helping us adults learn how to grow and develop a more inclusive community that truly values youth.”
Two other Tehama County Department of Education programs, LitFest and SERRF After School Program, also received Golden Bell Awards. In the words of a Golden Bell Award presenter, “Wow! Tehama County really cleaned house this year!”