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Lincoln Avenue Academy Honored Again For Technology

Lakeland's Lincoln Avenue Academy is the recipient of a second major award in less than a year from a technology-based organization. Lincoln Avenue and school district representatives will travel to California next week and receive a GenYes Award for the strength of its technology program. Only 10 schools nationwide will receive a GenYes Award at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference being held in San Diego from July 6 to 7.

Lincoln was chosen for the award based upon the elementary school's consistent efforts to enable students to play an active role in delivering technology services to school, family and the community. Lincoln Avenue has used technology-based projects in its learning that has also provided products and technology solutions for community members.

The school creates free student-designed Web sites for small businesses, teaches basic computer skills to community members and loans computers to needy families.

As part of the GenYes program, Lincoln receives curriculum materials, training for staff members and activities and collaboration guides for students and staff.

In October 2005, Lincoln Avenue was named the best elementary school for technology innovation in a national program sponsored by the Intel and Scholastic educational resources companies.

In December 2005, Lincoln Avenue was named one of 30 schools nationally as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School. Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools are chosen according to criteria established by the U. S. Department of Education and are considered exemplary examples of successful schools providing enriching educational experiences.