Pioneer Valley High School has just been awarded $5,000 as part of State Farm California’s Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant Program. The school will be recognized for their environmental science program.

A check presentation will take place at the high school on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. The school is located at 675 Panther Drive in Santa Maria.

The PVHS grant will go to support student-led programs that focus on community and environmental efforts. The students will buy technology that will monitor indoor air pollution and then will report their results to the principal and the Santa Maria School Board.

“The program’s purpose is to have students learn more about the environment, improve their ability to use technology, and to develop communication skills with other students and adults,” said Riccardo Magni, PVHS Science and Biology teacher.  Mr. Magni was recently named 2012 – 2013 Santa Barbara County Teacher of the Year. “State Farm is committed to advancing education and this environmental grant further supports our work in the service-learning field,” said Donna Randolph, Santa Maria State Farm Agent. “We applaud the efforts of PVHS and look forward to seeing the students bring their visions to reality!”

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