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Dana Named 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction Finalist

Dana Elementary School was recognized by the Intel Schools of Distinction for achievement in mathematics. Dana Elementary School was recognized by the Intel Schools of Distinction for achievement in mathematics.

DANA — Dana Elementary School is one 18 schools in the United States to be named a 2012 Intel Schools of Distinction finalist. Dana is one of three elementary school Intel Schools of Distinction Awards finalists honored for excellence in innovative math programs at the elementary level.


The Intel Schools of Distinction recognized Dana Elementary for achievement in mathematics by offering students a rigorous, challenging, and engaging program that teaches mathematics skills and how to apply them to real-life problems, how to approach projects as a member of a team, and how to communicate succinctly on the subject.

"Being an Intel School of Distinction Award finalist is an honor for us. To be recognized for our work in mathematics at this level validates our mission to provide the highest quality learning experiences for our students," stated Principal Kelly Schofield.

Every year the Intel Corporation honors schools in the U.S. for demonstrating excellence in math and science education through innovative teaching and learning environments. To be considered as an Intel School of Distinction, schools must develop an environment and curricula that meet or exceed benchmarks put forth by national mathematics and science content standards. Up to three schools at each level—elementary, middle, and high school—are named as finalists in the math and science categories.

"The schools selected as Intel Schools of Distinction are leaders in preparing their students to become America's next generation of thinkers and doers," said Shelly Esque, vice president of Intel's Corporate Affairs Group and president of the Intel Foundation. "Intel is recognizing these schools as exemplary models of what can be achieved through hard work and innovation in the areas of math and science."

Dana Elementary School along with the 17 other finalist schools will receive a $5,000 award from the Intel Foundation and a trip to Washington, D.C. (for a four-member team from their school and district) in September 2012, when six schools will be named Intel Schools of Distinction. These six schools will each win an additional $5,000 from the Intel Foundation and a package of goods and services with a total value of approximately $500,000 to be split among the schools.

The winning schools, to be honored in September at an awards reception in Washington, D.C., serve as outstanding examples of leaders in preparing tomorrow's innovators. One of the six schools will also be selected as "Star Innovator" and will receive $25,000 from the Intel Foundation, and additional prizes and services from sponsors.

Intel's sponsorship of the Schools of Distinction Awards is part of the Intel® Education Initiative, a sustained public-private partnership with governments in more than 50 countries. Through this $100 million a year initiative, Intel delivers programs which improve the effective use of technology to enhance 21st century skills and encourages excellence in mathematics, science and engineering. For more information, visit:

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