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Fremont County School District #6 release: 

Fremont County School District #6 (FCSD6) in Pavillion and Crowheart, Wyoming has again been named the grand-prize winner for the 26th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s flagship magazine, American School Board Journal (ASBJ).

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“We are so excited to be recognized a second time by the National School Board Association for our efforts to reach out to underserved families in our area,” said FCSD6 Superintendent Diana Clapp. “We strive to be a community district that searches for solutions that will benefit not only our current students, but our future students as well.”

Fremont County School District #6 has a vision to serve the families and students of the district as a community district. Programs the district has developed around this vision include multiple early childhood programs with preschool offered onsite at the elementary schools in Crowheart and Pavillion, as well as a mobile preschool program. The Cougar Cubs Childcare Center was opened to provide onsite childcare for staff and teachers to help with teacher retention. Serving infants and toddlers, the center is also open to the public. The latest community focused program opened by the district in partnership with Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming is the Cougar Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center, which allows families to get medical care without having to drive 60 miles round trip to see a doctor. This medical clinic is located on the campus in Pavillion and provides a full range of both urgent and primary care for patients.

The district is able to provide these childcare, preschool, and medical services through the critical support of partners such as the Ellbogen and Sargent Foundations, as well as numerous grant opportunities.

“No state K-12 dollars intended for education are diverted to these programs. Rather, the district leverages its resources and presence in the community to bring services directly to the residents of our district,” said Clapp. “It absolutely would not happen without the support of partnerships.”

This is the third year that the Magna Awards recognized school districts and their leaders for their efforts to bring educational equity to their students and the second win for Fremont County School District #6 since 2016.

“Focusing on equity requires school leaders to think differently and creatively,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association executive director and CEO. “The 2020 Magna Award-winning districts showcase the amazing and innovative work going on in public schools to ensure students are supported and provided with the tools and opportunities needed to succeed.”

For more information on FCSD6 efforts to create a community district visit   https://nsba.org/ASBJ/2020/April/Grand-Prize-Magna-Awards and www.fremont6.org.

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