Outstanding Business Partners of the Year

Hydro Aluminum and the National Safety Commission were recognized as the 2010-2011 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Outstanding Business Partners of the Year at the 24th Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards (CBRA) held last Thursday in Tampa. The event was hosted by the Florida Department of Education in partnership with the Florida Education Foundation and highlighted contributions of the honorees selected from each school district.
For the past two years Hydro Aluminum has collected school supplies for students during the St. Johns County Education Foundation’s annual Tools 4 Schools drive. Each summer the company holds a contest with a trophy given to the department that contributes the most supplies. Their generosity has filled an entire school bus each year.
Hydro Aluminum is also a long time business partner of Hartley Elementary School. The company has contributed approximately $4,000 for each of the past five years to purchase licenses for the school’s Accelerated Reader (AR) program. In addition, Hydro employees help out in the school’s AR Café, which is a great incentive for students to learn to read.
The National Safety Commission (NSC) supported all seven SJCSD high schools through a service-learning project focusing on the dangers of distracted driving, including texting while driving. They contributed to the project by providing industry knowledge, marketing guidance and in-kind promotional materials to the Communications Academy at Nease High School, which coordinated the campaign entitled “WreckLess.”
Partners from NSC also conducted school presentations on driver’s safety, assisted at the High School Showcase, and created a sustainable means of revenue for the academies through a fundraising opportunity available to all high schools. NSC is also represented on the Advisory Board for Ponte Vedra High School’s Academy of International Business and Marketing.
The CRBA encourage successful alliances within the business community and among local school districts for the benefit of Florida’s students. Businesses were recognized with a reception at the Grand Hyatt Hotel where they were photographed with the Commissioner of Education and received an engraved trophy.
Both business partners will be recognized at the regular School Board meeting in July.