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Crystal Apple Award recognizes Hanford High School teacher

Laurie Price, Career Choices and Work Based Learning teacher at Hanford High School, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Tri-Cities Crystal Apple Award. The award will be presented at the 19th annual Crystal Apple Awards ceremony March 9 in Pasco. Community businesses coordinate the program to honor exceptional educators and innovative instruction in the Tri-Cities area.

Price has worked diligently to refine the Richland School District’s work-based learning program for students with special needs. She’s developed a strong link between the District’s Special Education Department and the Career/Technical Education (CTE) Department.

“Laurie is continually interacting with employers, helping them understand the value of providing job placement opportunities for special needs students,” says Claudia Cooley, CTE Director for the Richland School District. “Her efforts have resulted in life-changing opportunities for students.”

Some of the local businesses providing these work-based learning opportunities are Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Heaston & Thompson Vision, West Side Preschool, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Wood’s Nursery, Ben Franklin Transit, and Ace Hardware. There’ve been meaningful success stories along the way as students exceed expectations and earn promotions at their work sites.

“This is a team effort of supportive teachers, parents, administration, and amazing employers collaborating on the common vision of preparing students for life beyond high school,” explains Price. “Our community partners provide invaluable on-the-job experiences for students, while building relationships that transform lives. These enriching experiences yield practical skills that students utilize in transitioning from high school to the work force.”