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Computer Associates: Germantown School District Receives Grant from Computer Associates to Support Destination ImagiNation Problem Solving Competition
3/23/2004

More than 160 Students to Participate in Regional Event

GERMANTOWN, Wis., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Germantown School District's Destination ImagiNation Creative Problem Solving Program has received a grant from Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA), one of the world's largest software companies, to support its teams competing in the April 3rd Kettle Moraine Regional Competition in Horicon, Wisconsin.

Destination ImagiNation is an international organization for kindergarten through college students and community groups that teaches life skills and expanding imagination through team-based problem solving. Destination ImagiNation involves competition in which teams of seven students work cooperatively to solve technically and creatively problems posed by the organization. The benefits of this activity include collaborative thinking, decision making, team building skills, time management and cooperative learning.

"We are thrilled to have CA as a partner in accomplishing our goal of supporting Destination ImagiNation's positive influence for creative and talented youth at all levels throughout this school district," said Karen Reiss Wilcox, Destination ImagiNation's district coordinator. "This grant enhances our ability to provide this worthwhile program supporting creativity for students."

Germantown School District will have 23 teams from Germantown High School, Kennedy Middle School, Amy Belle, County Line, MacArthur, and Rockfield elementary schools with more than 160 students participating in this event.

These teams choose one challenge and spend several months perfecting their solution for tournament day. This year challenges include: DestiNation in Time, Plot and the Pendulum, Cartoon DImensions, UpBeat Improv, and Surprise Trip! ImagiNation Challenges encourage students to build on their strengths and to discover skills they never knew they possessed. Teams also practice their on-the-spot problem solving skills as they practice coming up with solutions for Instant Challenges, additional challenges that are revealed to the teams only minutes before their presentation time.

The CA grant was presented by Bill Croft, account director at the company's Milwaukee, WI office, at a March 22 meeting of the Germantown Board of Education. Croft is a parent in the school district and has been a volunteer and contributor to this program.

"I'm proud that CA believes in giving back to local communities through grants, volunteer opportunities and 2-to-1 matching of employee contributions," said Croft. "Through Destination ImagiNation, I've seen my own daughter develop her creativity and confidence -- two characteristics very much in demand in business today. With support from organizations like CA, the program can continue to do the same for thousands of children around the world."

For more information about the Destination ImagiNation Program in Germantown or the Regional Competition, please contact Cynthia Coley, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at 262-253-3906 or Karen Reiss Wilcox, District Coordinator at 262-253-3472.


Source: Destination ImagiNation

CONTACT: Karen Reiss Wilcox, +1-262-253-3472, for Destination
ImagiNation

Web site: http://ca.com/

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