Business leaders honor Carver Elementary with Minnesota’s Future Award

The Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today announced that Carver Elementary School in Maplewood will receive the 2016 Minnesota’s Future Award and a check for $50,000. Since 2006, the Minnesota’s Future Award has recognized high-performing, diverse public elementary schools for their success in helping all students succeed.

Carver will be honored before more than 1,000 business, civic, and political leaders at the Minnesota Business Partnership’s Annual Dinner at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Carver principal Gena Abrahamson will deliver brief remarks at the event and more than 20 Carver teachers will be in attendance.

Carver Elementary serves a diverse student population in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district (ISD 622). Nearly 60 percent of Carver’s students come from low-income households, two-thirds are students of color, and 20 percent have limited English proficiency. Impressively, Carver has repeatedly outperformed the statewide average for student achievement, both overall and among all student subgroups.

“A quality education is critical to every child’s future and Carver is proving that students from all backgrounds can succeed,” said Pat Ryan, CEO and President of Ryan Companies US and chair of the MBP Education Policy Committee. “Their innovative, collaborative and data-driven approach is driving student success in Maplewood.”

“A core value at Carver is that every child can learn,” said Gena Abrahamson, principal of Carver Elementary. “Our teachers work hard to help students grow emotionally and academically.”

Funding sponsors for this year’s award are Ryan Companies US, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Apogee.