Educator, reading group are honored

A Newport-Mesa Unified School District educator and Huntington Beach community program were honored Wednesday for their affect on education.

Janine Frendo, an instructional aide at TeWinkle Middle School, and the group Huntington Beach Reads One Book, were among four honorees presented with Outstanding Contributions to Education awards during the Orange County Board of Education meeting in Costa Mesa, according to a news release.

The awards, which began in the 1980s, were started to acknowledge those who have dedicated their time to support education in Orange County schools. The awards are given six times a year.

Frendo provides behavior management and instruction in a special day class for students with disabilities at TeWinkle, which is on California Street in Costa Mesa.

"[Frendo] is skilled at completing the countless administrative duties that allow a special education classroom to operate smoothly and possesses an innate understanding of how to serve the students she works with every day," the release stated.

Huntington Beach Reads One Book won for its ability to teach others about diversity through reading.

The organization, which is made up of students from each of the five high schools in the Huntington Beach Union School District, invites other students and families to read one book together each year in an effort to broaden student worldviews.

The group read "Thirteen Reasons Why," a New York Times bestseller that focuses on bullying and teen suicide, in 2013. This year's book, "Lessons from Little Rock," by Terrence Roberts, is about the Little Rock Nine.

"Huntington Beach Reads One Book is an outstanding collaboration between schools and the community that promotes social awareness and challenges students to deepen their understanding of the world," said board President David Boyd.

Administrators, teachers, clerical staff, specialists, crossing guards, nurses, volunteers and community organizations are among those previously honored.

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