Local Business Receives Crystal Tower Award for Exemplary School Partnerships
OAKHURST – Round Table Pizza was recognized for their partnerships with Madera County schools in front of more than 150 business and community leaders at the 10th annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon on May 8, hosted by the Madera County Compact.
Accepting the award for Round Table Pizza were Madera owners Bill and Brenda Dawson. Round Table Pizza was nominated by Kristi Castillo, Alan Hollman and Shane Riddle from Madera High School.Round Table Pizza has been involved with Madera County’s schools since 1985. Bill Dawson was instrumental in establishing the F.A.N. (Foundation for Athletic Needs) organization to help raise money for Madera High and Madera South High Schools’ athletic programs. Each year he organizes an awards banquet for outstanding athletes.
In addition to his support of athletics, Dawson provides pizza and contributes to the Madera High Robotics team. He acts as an advisor to the Madera High School of Human Services to discuss current trends and experience in restaurant management.
“Round Table Pizza has set the standard for excellence in business and education partnerships,” said Dr. Cecilia Massetti, Madera County Superintendent of Schools. “We thank them for their dedication and hard work.”
The luncheon highlighted the exceptional student work Madera County has to offer. Many high schools in Madera County contributed to the success of the luncheon.
Yosemite High School’s cadet corp presented colors at the event followed by the Star Spangled Banner performed by Madera South High School’s Brass Ensemble. Liberty High School students created table centerpieces. Minarets High School provided a photography exhibit in the lobby and a Madera High School student illustrated the artwork for the program.
A video featuring the Crystal Tower Award recipient was produced by the Madera South High School video production class. The video was shown preceding the acceptance of the award.
Kathy Woods, Curriculum and Instruction Director, Madera County Office of Education, spoke to guests about preparing Madera’s future generation for a global workforce and included live video feeds from Madera High and Minarets High Schools.
Bernie Trilling, author of 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in our Times, engaged the audience in a discussion about real world skills in school and the connection between business and education.
Eric Kurtz, chair of the Madera County Compact, served as Master of Ceremonies.
The luncheon was hosted by the Madera County Compact and was held at the Madera Municipal Golf Course. It was sponsored by Fresno State, Kremen School of Education and Human Development and Madera County Office of Education.
The Madera County Compact is a group of business, community and education leaders working collaboratively to support efforts to improve the quality of life in Madera County.
They promote business partnerships with schools to improve the achievement levels and skills of students and prepare young people for the increasing demands of society and the workplace.
Past recipients of the Crystal Tower Award include A/Dolphin Associates, B-K Lighting, Bridge Store, Citizens Business Bank, Delaware North (Tenaya Lodge), Educational Employees Credit Union, Evapco West, Greenleaf Orchards, JBT (formerly FMC) FoodTech, Kings Valley Industries, Madera Community Hospital, Movies Madera, Mowers Plus, Pete’s Sport Shop, Ponderosa Telephone, Sierra Ambulance, Sierra Telephone, S & J Lumber, Valley Bowl, The Vineyard Restaurant, and Vulcan Materials.
Bernie Trilling will return to Madera on Aug. 1 for a day-long symposium on 21st Century Skills for businesses and educators. For more information call 559-662-3860.