Fresno CSW Director named Educator of Year, + winner of $20K award!

On the eve of Fresno Community Science Workshop’s grand re-opening at Highway City Park, the CSW Network is proud to report that Director Manuel Hernandez has been named 2015 Educator of the Year by the Association of Mexican American Educators, Inc.! Candidates for the award are nominated and selected by fellow educators for promoting services to Latino students and exemplary community service above and beyond the call of duty. Congratulations!

In further news, the Fresno CSW will receive a $20,000 competitive NRPA grant for environmental education on the San Joaquin River. THANK YOU to everyone who voted and helped the workshop win this award. More info below:

Life and Environmental Science Program at Highway City Wins National Grant


FRESNO, CA – The Fresno Life and Environmental Science (LES) Program at the Highway City Neighborhood Center has been selected as a winner of the national Parks Build Community campaign and will receive a $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company, including Disney Citizenship, Disney/ABC Television Group and ESPN. Voting took place online throughout Earth Month in April.

The $20,000 grant will give opportunity for hands-on learning and exploration of nature through outdoor adventure excursions along the San Joaquin River. The Highway City LES program received more votes than the Ted C. Wills Educational Garden proposal and a proposed renovation project for Chandler Park.

NRPA’s generosity in sponsoring this national contest is making it possible for the PARCS Department’s Science Program to be able to significantly refurbish an old and tired community center and transform it into a new exciting science workshop facility,” said Manuel Mollinedo, Director of Parks, After School, Recreation & Community Services (PARCS) for the City of Fresno.

Parks Build Community helps to revitalize and restore local parks and park programs across the country. The Fresno Life and Environmental Science Program was one of 15 projects selected to receive grant funding.

The tremendous support shown by the public through their daily votes during Earth Month confirms what we truly believe: that parks have immense power to make our lives and the places we live better,” said Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of NRPA. “This grant will give the Fresno Life and Environmental Science Program the funds it needs to create a thriving gathering place where youth, families and adults can connect with nature and get active. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of The Walt Disney Company.”

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