The annual Outstanding Educational Awards (OEP) dinner recognized and celebrated outstanding innovative educational programs in the Encinitas and Carlsbad school districts.

Winners were announced in four categories: The Arts, Civic Responsibility Program, Entrepreneurial Program and STEM Program. Three of four awards went to Encinitas Union School District programs.

The awards dinner held May 1st was hosted by The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, and the Partners in Education committee. The event was sponsored by NRG Energy Inc. and included the business community and supporters of public education. The evening was celebrated at the beautiful Omni La Costa Resort and Spa with more than 250 people in attendance.

Portions of this article originally appeared in the Carlsbad Business Journal.