Submitted by Rosanne Brown, Board Secretary, PUSD Foundation

The Poway Unified School District and the Poway Unified School District Foundation are proud to announce that Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded the Community Partner of the Year Award by the Association of California School Administrators and San Diego County School Boards Association. A special Awards Ceremony, “Honoring Our Own,” was held on April 26 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Accepting the award on behalf of Northrop Grumman were Jim Zortman, Vice President, and Karen Goetz, Corporate Citizenship Representative. As a community leader, Northrop Grumman serves a vital role in supporting the students, schools and programs within Poway Unified School District. Northrop Grumman realizes the importance of education in preparing students for their future and maintains a strong commitment to programs that improve education and promote student achievement. With their focus on the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills, Northrop Grumman provides major support of the Project Lead The Way engineering programs at the middle and high schools; is a dedicated sponsor of the FIRST Robotics teams, Science Olympiad and Poway Unified’s participation in the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering events; and offers mini-grants for teachers, Space Camp Scholarships for middle school students, and internships through their HIP program. Northrop Grumman has sought Northrop_Grummanand helped develop innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing public schools. Northrop Grumman prides itself on state-of-the-art programs as evidenced in their sponsorship of the high school CyberPatriot and High School Innovation Challenge where students compete nationally in solving the challenges of the future. Their sponsorship of the Wolf Trap Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts program for preschool and kindergarten students brought new methods of learning to Poway Unified’s preschool students. Northrop Grumman has effectively collaborated with education and community leaders providing valuable input as representatives of industry. Northrop Grumman realizes that educating a child is indeed the business of us all.