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Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Extension Services in Medina was one of three school districts chosen from across the nation as a grand prize winner in the 2014 Magna Awards, which recognizes local school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to advance public education.

The award was announced today by the National School Boards Association, NSBA. The five grand prize winning schools will receive a $5,000 contribution from sponsor Sodexo at a special presentation at the NSBA Conference, which will be held from April 5 to 7 in New Orleans, La.

The Orleans-Niagara BOCES was recognized in the under 5,000 student category for its Literacy Zone Men’s Cooking Class, which is part of its adult education program. The Men’s Cooking class, many of whom are veterans, decided to help out other veterans at their monthly luncheon. The students cooked and raised community awareness about veterans’ needs.

Grand prize winners were chosen by an independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators and were selected from nearly 250 submissions.