BUHS awarded Civic Learning Award of Excellence, top in state

Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Jose Flores, Principal Simon Canalez


BRAWLEY – Tuesday, Brawley Union High School celebrated their statewide Civic Learning Award of Excellence, being only one of three schools in the state to receive top honors, with an assembly that featured Chief Justice of the State of California, the Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.



The Civic Learning Award celebrates public high schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. Teacher Jose Flores, with his bilingual civics and United States History classes was able to do just that with both courses for bilingual students expanding to the entire student body, and  membership in its Civics Club increasing from 27 to 140 students.



The award program also identified models that could be replicated in other schools. Co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, award winners were announced last February.



Immediately after opening ceremonies by Principal Simon Canalez, everyone visited the tables manned by Mr. Flores’ students for mini-lessons on different facets of U.S. Government.


Students presented educational projects to dignitaries from across the state of California and local luminaries.


Later, Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye spoke to the students and visitors on her pride in seeing such an outstanding civic program being run at Brawley. Representatives from Assembly Manuel Perez, State Senator Ben Hueso, and U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas all presented Mr. Flores with proclamations for his state award.