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Wewoka, Oklahoma's Justice Elementary Recognized with Technology Leadership Award

ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 14 , 2008 -- Siboney Learning Group, publisher of Orchard Software, has named Justice Elementary School of Wewoka, Oklahoma to receive the company's Leader in Instructional Technology Award.

The Orchard Leader in Instructional Technology Award program recognizes educators across the United States who have embraced technology as a tool for delivering instruction, used it to its fullest potential, and experienced results. Criteria for nomination include regular use of educational technology and improvements in student performance related to its use; commitment of school staff to instructional technology; and educators' passion for their students' success.

Kelly Harrison, instructional technology and library teacher at Justice, has seen the use of technology, particularly the use of Orchard Software, grow -- and contribute to student achievement. "We used Orchard with our after school program initially," said Harrison. "Then we made it part of our curriculum. Our math scores have increased. I see progress especially with the young kids; we will use Orchard with our Pre-K program next."

Justice Elementary's computer resources are vital to the community the school serves. "Our school is the only access to technology that about 99% of our students have," said Chris Bryan, principal at Justice. Orchard has become an important instructional tool for Justice's teachers. "A teacher needs to know what children are struggling, how to diagnose different reading and math difficulties, what resources are available, and how to challenge advanced students," said Bryan. "One thing I've liked about Orchard is that it prescribes what students need, regardless of their skill level."

Orchard Software proudly salutes Justice Elementary School for making instructional technology an important part of their strategy for success.

Each quarterly honoree in the Orchard program is eligible to be selected as the winner of Orchard's annual Leader in Instructional Technology Award. The school recognized for excellence with this annual award will receive a prize package that includes a SMART Board interactive whiteboard and Orchard software.

About Orchard Software
Orchard is a comprehensive software solution designed to support regular classroom instruction and to help schools meet AYP goals in K-9 math, reading, writing, language arts, and science. Orchard's standards-based assessments, its targeted, motivating instruction, and its qualitative data reporting feature make it the choice of educators in more than 8,000 schools serving over 4 million students across the United States. To learn more about Orchard, go to or call 1-800-351-1404.