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Minn. immersion program wins award

June 5, 2012

Lakes International earns top state education award

‘Promising practices’ award

Lakes International Language Academy, a K-6 language immersion charter school and International Baccalaureate World School in Forest Lake, was honored on Thursday, May 17 with a Minnesota Promising Practices in Character Education Award at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

During the ceremony for the eight state-level winners, LILA learned that its Promising Practice with the Minnesota Twins Emerging Markets Department was also selected for a national character award.

LILA received the 2012 Promising Practices Award for outstanding work in character education last week. Pictured left to right front are: LILA Twins Partnership Liaison Tracy Nelson Maurer, Twins Emerging Markets Department member Lydia Rivera, LILA CFO Julie Lundgren and LILA Foundation Chair Melissa Martyr-Wagner. Left to right in back: Sen. Ray Vandeveer, Twins Emerging Markets Director Miguel Ramos, LILA Director Cam Hedlund, Rep. Robert Dettmer, LILA School Board Director Jeff Moore, Ramsey County Sheriff and Citizens for an Ethical Minnesota Steering Committee member Matt Bostrom, and Wanda Summers Wall, director of the Synergy and Leadership Exchange. (Photo submitted)

The Minnesota Department of Education and Synergy and Leadership Exchange, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the development of ethical citizens in Minnesota, recognize schools and districts that excel in exemplifying one or more of the 11 principles of character education as defined by the Character Education Partnership, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Successful nominees also demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance.

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