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    John Matthews (Dallas, TX) Author of Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival


    In light of last week's Ft. Hood shooting and the continually-growing trend towards school violence like today's incident in Pennsylvania, I wanted to make you aware of John Matthews, the Founder and Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute in Dallas.

    John is a highly-decorated, 30-yr law enforcement veteran and a nationally-renowned counter-terrorism and school safety expert. He and CSI have developed dozens of school safety and enforcement initiatives for the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Department of Defense and others in recent years.

    Their most recent school safety assessments, vulnerability studies, findings and survival & escape models should be on your radar. His Creating A Safer School (CASS) series has been nationally-recognized and currently serves as the foundation for multiple national school safety initiatives. And, his most recent book/curriculum/study, Mass Shootings: Six Steps to Survival, is the most in-depth study and practical findings for surviving a shooting that has ever been produced, drawing on vital information gleaned from survivors of the most tragic and violent incidents in the United States, including 60 mass shootings, over the past 40 years.

    Secondly, John travels the country training school administrators, staffs and students via mock events/drills. And, we believe that this type of training is something that, eventually, could be standard. Something that parents (taxpayers), wondering what the schools are doing to prepare for these things and keep their children safe, will come to demand/expect. Critically important subject as our schools become increasingly violent settings. Can't imagine anything more important than knowing how to keep our kids safe.

    http://www.prbythebook.com/john-matthews


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    (BPRW) Students Culminate Exclusive Weekend at Walt Disney World with Steve Harvey


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 11, 2014) – Walt Disney World Resort concluded a 4-day exclusive weekend for a group of select students at the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. A high-impact graduation ceremony deemed the students official Dreamers, making them one of only 700 students nationwide to hold the honor.

    The students were among 100 teens selected from more than 10,000 applicants to participate in a once-in-lifetime mentoring program this weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort. The teens, along with a parent or guardian, received an all-expense-paid trip to participate in an innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational experience and learn tips from noted professionals and celebrities including: Magic Johnson, E! News’ Terrence Jenkins, Entertainment Tonight’s Rocsi Diaz and 15-year old CEO, Jaylen Bledsoe, Bledsoe Technologies.


    Students Culminate Exclusive Weekend at Walt Disney World with Steve Harvey
    Caption: Mickey Mouse is joined by: Left: Mikki Taylor, ESSENCE Editor-At-Large; Steve Harvey; Tracey D. Powell, VP, Global Initiatives and Integrations/ Disney Dreamers Academy Executive Champion; Michelle Ebanks, President, ESSENCE Communications, and the Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2014



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    (BPRW) WELLS FARGO AND FIRST GENERATION FILMS ANNOUNCE “GO COLLEGE!” INITIATIVE TO INSPIRE STUDENTS

    - Award-winning documentary to be viewed by students and their families in 10 major cities -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – SAN FRANCISCO, February 4, 2014 – Wells Fargo Education Financial Services and First Generation Films today kicked off the “Go College!” national community event initiative that will present 70 film screenings of the award-winning documentary First Generation to tens-of-thousands of high school students, parents, educators and civic and community leaders in 10 major cities across the United States throughout 2014.

    Go College! was created to help shrink the higher education gap amongst first generation college-bound students, minorities and underserved youth through the inspirational stories captured in First Generation. The screenings will also include a panel discussion with the documentary film makers, education leaders, and college financial planning experts.

    First Generation is narrated by two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Blair Underwood and tells the story of four high school students - an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers - who are looking to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities through a college education.

    “A college education can change not just a life, but the prospects of an entire community,” said John Rasmussen, Head of Wells Fargo’s Education Financial Services. “Wells Fargo has been part of the student lending business for more than 40 years and we recognize that paying for an education is a critical financial event for many students and their families. By partnering with First Generation Films to create the Go College! initiative, we hope to plant seeds of hope in America’s first generation students and make the prospects of achieving higher education a reality.”

    In each city, Go College! will feature four to six private screenings for students and educators at local high schools and a large-scale theatrical screening that will be free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage the filmmaking team of Adam and Jaye Fenderson, Wells Fargo private student lending and financial planning experts and local educational leaders in a dialogue focused on how to make attending college a reality. Attendees are also encouraged to submit education-related questions before and after the scheduled events using the hashtags #GoCollege and #WFCollegeTour on Twitter. Free information packets on college application processes, scholarship opportunities, tips to estimate college costs, and how to capitalize on various funding sources to pay for college will be provided at all screenings.

    “Our goal in making the film was to help high school students learn from their peers about the college admissions process,” said co-Director Jaye Fenderson, a former senior admissions officer at Columbia University and the author of Seventeen's Guide To Getting Into College. “But it evolved to become so much more than that – an emotional experience and message that resonated with underserved communities.”

    “By bringing the film directly to students and speaking with their parents, we want to remove any perceived and actual barriers to college access,” said co-Director Adam Fenderson.

    “We want to encourage students and parents to engage the panel participants at the event and on Twitter to foster a high-quality learning experience,” said Rasmussen. “Go College! is not only an opportunity for parents and students to learn everything they need to know about how to apply to colleges, but also gain a better understanding of how to afford the cost of tuition.” Go College! will tour Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Oakland and Washington DC in Spring 2014. In Fall 2014, the campaign will visit the cities of Atlanta, Miami, Minneapolis, Houston, and Dallas. For tour information, please visit www.FirstGenerationFilm.com/gocollege.

    Members of the media who would like to receive access for viewing the film online, please contact Jason Vasquez at jason.a.vasquez@wellsfargo.com.

    About First Generation
    Filmed over the course of three years and featuring some of our nation's top educational experts (Richard Kahlenberg, The Century Foundation; J.B. Schramm, College Summit; Dr. Bill Tierney, University of Southern California), First Generation is a 95-minute documentary that explores the problem of college access faced by first generation and low-income students and how their success has major implications for the future of our nation. For more information about the film visit www.firstgenerationfilm.com

    About Wells Fargo Education Financial Services
    Wells Fargo Education Financial Services has been in the student lending business since 1968 and currently serves more than 1.9 million student, parent and family customers in all 50 states. We provide private student loans directly to consumers, through the Internet and at more than 6,000 Wells Fargo banking stores to help customers finance their education. Wells Fargo Education Financial Services also provides customers with tools to help them succeed financially while in school and prepare them for when they finish college. Through the Wells Fargo Foundation, we partner with nonprofit organizations and stakeholders to strengthen our goal of providing high quality assistance to those individuals who are working to achieve their educational dreams. Learn more about Wells Fargo Education Financial Services.

    About Wells Fargo
    Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.5 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune’s 2013 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blogs.wellsfargo.com.


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    DENNY’S AND TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION CALL ‘ALL ABOARD FOR EDUCATION’ WITH INSPIRATIONAL EDUCATORS CONTEST

    - Grand prize winner receives trip for two on 2014 Fantastic Voyage -


    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 14, 2014) – In celebration of African American culture and a partnership spanning more than a decade, Denny’s and Tom Joyner, host of the nationally-syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” radio program, this week launched a nationwide “All Aboard for Education” contest to send one deserving teacher and a guest aboard the Tom Joyner Foundation’s 2014 Fantastic Voyage.

    Now through Feb. 9, parents, current and former students alike aged 18 years and older are invited to visit www. dennysforeducation.com and nominate (in 100 words or less) an inspiring educator who has made a difference in the lives of all he or she has taught and continues to teach today – both in- and outside of the classroom. One grand prize winner will be selected to receive a complimentary cabin onboard the six-night, seven-day Fantastic Voyage cruise, roundtrip airfare to and from Miami, one-night hotel accommodations and a $200 gift card. The winning nominator will be awarded a tablet computer, free Denny’s Grand Slam® breakfasts for one full year and will be featured alongside his or her teacher in a future Black Equal Opportunity Employment Journal spread.

    “Denny’s is proud to be a long-time partner of the Tom Joyner Foundation and all it does to help deserving students succeed on every level,” said John Miller, Denny’s president and chief executive. “Denny’s has supported more than 300 students, contributing more than $525,000 to the foundation’s programs and scholarship funds since 2002. Our 2014 ‘All Aboard for Education’ voyage is truly ‘fantastic’! The contest is a natural extension of Denny’s longstanding tradition of celebrating the importance of education while also appreciating those incredible teachers who always go that extra mile to support and inspire us all.”

    Affectionately known as the “Ultimate Party With A Purpose®,” the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage is the signature fundraiser benefitting the Tom Joyner Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships that afford diverse academic opportunities to students looking to attend and attending historically black colleges and universities. The annual cruise sets sail from Miami on Sunday, March 16, making stops in Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Grand Turk Island.

    “I appreciate all that Denny’s has contributed to the Tom Joyner Foundation and I’m excited about their focus on education, “stated Tom Joyner, chairman of the Tom Joyner Foundation and host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. “We’ve all had one teacher that made us excited about learning and ‘All Aboard for Education’ is the perfect extension of what the Tom Joyner Foundation works to do for students at historically black colleges and universities.”

    For more information, contest rules or to nominate an educator, please visit www.dennysforeducation.com. Contest closes on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Grand prize winners will be announced on Monday, Feb. 24.

    About Denny's Corp.
    Denny's is one of America's largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, please visit the Denny's website at www.dennys.com.

    Connect with Denny’s
    For news and updates on Denny’s please visit the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest or YouTube.

    About the Tom Joyner Foundation
    Founded in 1998, the Tom Joyner Foundation has focused on its primary mission of helping to keep students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The foundation has assisted more than 20,000 students and worked with more than 100 HBCUs, raising more than $60 million. Throughout the week, the foundation announces scholarship winners on the nationally syndicated radio show hosted by its founder, Tom Joyner. Each week, separate financial awards are focused on students who are single parents, high achievers, and distinguished students at the School of the Month.


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    The Black Alliance for Educational Options

    The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is especially humbled to once again celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in this new year, and recommit ourselves to the fight to expand high-quality educational options to as many low-income and working-class families as possible.

    The legacy of Dr. King is one steeped in the most basic principles of equality and fairness. BAEO is insistent upon carrying the work and values of Dr. King forward in a way that will truly impact American children and their futures.

    BAEO sees its work as directly tied to Dr. King’s message of human and civil rights as Dr. King believed everyone, regardless of their skin color, ethnic background or religion was deserving of the common rights of society. Similarly, BAEO believes our children, regardless of their skin color, ethnic background or socioeconomic status, deserve their inalienable right to receive a high-quality education in this country.

    In this way, BAEO will continue to carry the legacy of Dr. King forward by continuing to ask parents, legislators, educators and students alike to join us in this fight and make their voice heard on the subject of parental choice, in hopes of a day where all parents have high-quality options in where they send their child to be educated, and not just those with the financial means to do so.

    About BAEO:
    BAEO is an advocacy organization whose mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families. BAEO champions parental choice policies and programs that serve low-income and working-class Black families, but is equally focused on promoting quality to ensure that Black students have access to high-performing schools. BAEO envisions a future where low-income and working-class Black families are empowered to choose a high-quality primary and secondary education for their children that enable them to pursue the college or career path of their choice, become economically independent adults, and engage in the practice of freedom.


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    Need more teachers of color: NYC graduate educ school leads in closing student-teacher race gap

    - How can the US close the diversity gap between public school teachers and students? -


    - 40% of US public school students are minority – while only 17% of teachers are minorities
    - More than 40% of US public schools have no minority teachers
    - Empirical studies show that students of color do better on various academic outcomes when taught by teachers of color

    Teachers of color:
    - Serve as real-life models for minority students to illustrate possible career paths
    - Have demonstrated success in increasing academic achievement for engaging students of similar backgrounds

    Touro College Grad School of Education in NYC ranked first in NYS in 2012 for graduating minority students with master’s degrees in education -- and ranked first in NYS in 2012 for graduating Hispanic and African-American students.

    With more than 3,000 enrollees this past spring, the school trains teachers for K-12 schools, public, private and charter schools.

    Sources:
    Dr. Lamar P. Miller, dean
    Dr. Ronald Lehrer, education chair, psychology professor
    Touro College Graduate School of Education

    Data sources:

    - Center for American Progress, Nov. 2011 studies http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/11/pdf/teacher_diversity.pdf

    - Huff Post Nov. 11, 2011 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/11/few-minority-teachers-in-_n_1089020.html

    - Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (magazine)


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    New Issue Brief: Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs Can Help African-American and Latino Students Succeed

    - Despite Data Demonstrating the Many Ways Afterschool and Summer Programs Serve Minority Communities, Unmet Demand for Programs Remains High -


    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new Issue Brief from the Afterschool Alliance highlights data demonstrating that afterschool and summer learning programs are excellent vehicles for helping to address elevated rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness and food insecurity in African-American and Latino communities. However, data in the Issue Brief also demonstrate that unmet demand for such programs is both high and persistent.

    Afterschool Alliance


    The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in African-American and Latino Communities focuses on the ways afterschool and summer learning programs are providing essential services—such as a safe and supervised environment, academically enriching activities, healthy snacks and meals, and caring and supportive mentors—to children and families most in need of support. The Issue Brief also spotlights research on the success in this area of programs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston and New York.

    A large body of research shows that afterschool and summer learning programs produce positive results, in part because they offer hands-on, engaged learning opportunities that complement, rather than reproducing what is already offered during the school day.

    According to the new Issue Brief, afterschool and summer learning programs bring much needed services to African-American and Latino communities by:

    Ensuring children have access to academically enriching activities, helping close the opportunity gap between higher-income and lower-income families;

    Tackling the achievement gap between white students and African-American and Latino students by increasing attendance, homework completion and engagement in school, and ultimately raising graduation rates and test scores;

    Combating food insecurity among children by providing nutritious snacks and meals, which are especially important during the summer months when schools are out of session;

    and Providing working parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their child is in a safe and supervised space during the out-of-school hours.

    The Issue Brief draws on a number of survey and research reports, including the Afterschool Alliance’s America After 3PM Survey, which found that African-American and Latino children are much more likely to be enrolled in afterschool programs compared to their white peers. Approximately 2.1 million, or 24 percent, of African-American children and close to 2.4 million, or 21 percent, of Latino children are enrolled in afterschool. However, the unmet demand for afterschool and summer learning opportunities from African-American and Latino parents is considerable. The parents of more than three in four African-American youth and seven in 10 Latino youth would likely enroll their children in a summer learning program, if one were available to them.

    “Afterschool and summer learning programs play a vital role in supporting youth and families in underserved and struggling communities,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “But the unmet demand for afterschool and summer programs in minority communities is a huge barrier to progress. We need to expand funding so that all children can have access to the high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs that keep kids safe, inspire students to learn, and help working families.”

    The Importance of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs in African-American and Latino Communities is available here.

    The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality afterschool programs. More information is available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.

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    The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO)


    The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) released yesterday the findings of a multi-state survey of Black adults concerning parental choice and education reform, showing strong support among this significant segment of the population for choice measures such as charter schools and state voucher programs. The study entitled, “A Survey Report on Education Reform, Charter Schools, and the Desire for Parental Choice in the Black Community,” conducted in March of this year and commissioned by BAEO, surveyed nearly 2,000 Black registered voters selected at random throughout four Southern states. BAEO designed the survey to gauge attitudes and opinions within the Black community on education reform, charter schools, and the need for parental choice in their community. The survey can be found on BAEO’s website at www.baeo.org.

    BAEO selected four states, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi, as targets for the survey because of the high number of low-income and working-class Black families in these states, who would potentially benefit from parental choice policies and other education reforms that have been the subject of recent and ongoing debate. The findings indicate strong support among the group for greater freedom in K-12 education, widespread recognition of the need for better quality schools, and openness to charter schools and publicly funded scholarships as reform vehicles.

    Among the respondents, selected at random and broadly diverse in age and income:

    • 85-89% in each state agreed that government should provide parents with as many choices as possible to ensure that their child receives a good education

    • 55-58% in each state (and 73% in the New Orleans area) said they would not send their children to the public schools to which they are currently assigned if they had a choice

    • At least 50% in each state (and as many as seven in ten in Mississippi) expressed support for charter schools

    “The survey data supports the fundamental appeal of parent choice and transformational education reform as options within the Black community,” said BAEO president Kenneth L. Campbell. “Choice means freedom – the freedom to do what’s best for your child, the freedom that comes with open opportunity – and we’ve been fighting for freedom for more than 200 years. The data clearly shows that the time has come for us to stand up and fight for the choices and freedoms that we want for ourselves and our children.”

    Key findings of the survey included a desire for more educational options. Between 71-80% of Black voters surveyed in Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi expressed support for charter schools after hearing that they give lower-income Black students currently trapped in failing schools more opportunities. Likewise, in Louisiana, 77% of respondents expressed support of vouchers after hearing the following message: Publicly funded vouchers give low-income Black students who are trapped in poor and failing schools the opportunity to attend other schools they otherwise might not be able to afford.

    Respondents also noted a dissatisfaction with the status quo in their current educational systems.

    Despite widespread recognition of the underperformance of many schools, support for more options was not exclusive to personally dissatisfied voters. In Alabama, 74% of Black voters who rated their community schools as poor expressed the desire to send their children elsewhere, but even among those who rated their school excellent, 36% would opt out if they were free to choose. In each state, 55-58% (and 73% in the New Orleans area) said they would not send their children to the public schools to which they are currently assigned if they had a choice.

    Currently there are eight states in the US that do not have charter school laws in place. Kentucky and Alabama are two of those states. The majority of the respondents in all states surveyed supported the creation of charter schools and publicly funded scholarships or vouchers as vehicles for reform and means of empowering families.

    At least 50% of respondents in each state (and as many as seven in ten in Mississippi) expressed support for charter schools before any persuasive attempts or additional information was provided. In Alabama, Kentucky, and Mississippi, the data showed strong support for charters across all age categories, but considerably stronger among younger voters. In the Black community, support is highest among voters with the most limited options today, those with lower incomes and fewer years of formal education; conversely, opposition to charter schools is strongest among Blacks with higher incomes and more years of formal education.

    BAEO engaged Magellan Strategies, LLC as the polling firm for this project. Founded in 2006, Magellan is a data, information, and technology-consulting firm with extensive experience in politics and education reform.

    “The need for transformational education reform is critical to the success of our communities,” said Campbell. “This study shows that it is imperative that we find immediate, sustainable solutions for our children in order for them to succeed and escape the perilous cycles that our communities have been in for far too long.”

    The Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) is an advocacy organization whose mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low-income and working-class Black families. BAEO champions parental choice policies and programs that serve low-income and working-class Black families, but is equally focused on promoting quality to ensure that Black students have access to high-performing schools. BAEO envisions a future where low-income and working-class Black families are empowered to choose a high-quality primary and secondary education for their children that enable them to pursue the college or career path of their choice, become economically independent adults, and engage in the practice of freedom

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    How can America close the diversity gap between public school teachers and students?


    - 40% of US public school students are minority – while only 17% of teachers are minorities

    - More than 40% of US public schools have no minority teachers

    - Empirical studies show that students of color do better on various academic outcomes when taught by teachers of color

    Teachers of color:
    - Provide real-life examples to minority students of future career paths

    - Have demonstrated success in increasing academic achievement for engaging students of similar backgrounds

    Touro College Grad School of Education in NYC ranked first in NYS in 2012 for graduating minority students with master’s degrees in education -- and ranked first in NYS in 2012 for graduating Hispanic and African-American students.

    With more than 3,000 enrollees this past spring, the school trains teachers for K-12 schools, public, private and charter schools.

    We’d be happy to arrange a talk with the school’s dean or education chair about ways to boost diversity among American teachers.

    Sources:
    Dr. Lamar P. Miller, dean
    Dr. Ronald Lehrer, education chair, psychology professor
    Touro College Graduate School of Education

    Thank you....... Contact:

    Steve Vitoff
    Sr VP - The Marino Organization
    212-889-0808 x112
    516-652-0785 m
    steve@themarino.org

    Data sources:
    - Center for American Progress, Nov. 2011 studies http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2011/11/pdf/teacher_diversity.pdf

    - Huff Post Nov. 11, 2011 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/11/few-minority-teachers-in-_n_1089020.html

    - Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (magazine)

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    (BPRW) Council of the Great City Schools Selects 2013 Math and Science Scholars


    - Urban students receive scholarships from ExxonMobil Foundation and Dr. Bernard Harris -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Four high school seniors have been named recipients of the 2013 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship by the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). Students were selected from several hundred applicants for their academic performance, leadership qualities and community involvement.

    The scholarship program was created by former NASA astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space, and the ExxonMobil Foundation to help underrepresented students pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

    The awards are given annually to two African-American and two Hispanic seniors from high schools in the 67 urban school districts represented by CGCS.

    “We are extremely proud of the winners of this highly competitive scholarship program,” said Michael Casserly, executive director, Council of the Great City Schools. “These young men and women will have an opportunity to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow thanks to the generous support of ExxonMobil and the encouragement of Dr. Harris.”

    Each scholar will receive $5,000 for continued education in a STEM-related field. This year’s award winners are:

    Lorena Benitez, Atlantic Community High School, Palm Beach County School District, Florida

    Malik Hollingsworth, Central High School, Memphis City Schools, Tennessee

    Rachel Katz, Lincoln High School, Portland Public Schools, Oregon

    Sergio Puleri, Dr. Phillips High School, Orange County Public Schools, Florida

    In the fall, Ms. Benitez will attend Harvard University to study biology. Mr. Hollingsworth is going to Vanderbilt University to pursue a career in design engineering, and Ms. Katz will study engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Puleri plans to major in computer programming or engineering at University of Florida.

    “These scholarships are one way of empowering promising youth for math and science achievement both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. Harris. “I am proud to support the development of innovative young minds and honor these students as they create a brighter future for themselves and our nation.”

    Administration of the scholarship program, including the application process, pre-selection and presentation of awards, is provided by the CGCS. Dr. Harris participates in the final selection of the recipients.

    About The Council of the Great City Schools
    The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. Composed of 67 large city school districts, its mission is to promote the cause of urban schools and to advocate for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations. The organization also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information, and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth. www.cgcs.org

    About ExxonMobil Foundation
    The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The foundation and the corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2012, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $256 million in contributions worldwide, of which $116 million was dedicated to education. www.exxonmobil.com/community

    About The Harris Foundation
    Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose overall mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. The foundation supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.

    The Education Mission of The Harris Foundation is to enable youth to develop and achieve their full potential through the support of social, recreational, and educational programs. The Harris Foundation believes that students can be prepared now for the careers of the future through a structured education program and the use of positive role models. More than 15,000 students annually participate and benefit from THF programs. www.theharrisfoundation.org

    Source: The Harris Foundation


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    (BPRW) Back-to-School Roll Call for A+ Role Models!


    - Box Tops for Education® and BET Want to Know Who’s Helping America’s Schools Make the Grade; Nominations Now Open For Box Tops for Education 10 Under 35 Contest -

    (BLACK PR WIRE)–MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Attention America’s educational role models: it’s your turn to shine and share real life stories about your passion for local learning, as well as your compassion for the K-8 school children you support. The Box Tops for Education® 10 Under 35 Contest is now accepting nominations at www.BET.com/10Under35 to recognize everyday educational heroes who continually go above and beyond to positively impact local K-8 classrooms.

    The initiative to identify, celebrate and reward 10 individuals under 35-years of age is a partnership between Box Tops for Education, one of America’s largest school fundraising initiatives, and BET, a leader in entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for African American audiences.

    Box Tops for Education
    The nomination phase of the 10 Under 35 Contest is open through October 16, 2012 at www.BET.com/10Under35 where educational leaders must be nominated by someone who has observed their community commitment. BET and Box Tops for Education will select 10 finalists who will be asked to create a video highlighting their work with local school/s. The 10 Under 35 Contest videos will then be posted online for public voting. The finalist to garner the most votes by rallying their community, beginning Oct. 24 to Nov. 16, 2012, will earn 100,000 Box Tops (valued at $10,000) for their local K-8 BTFE eligible school, as well as a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to the Box Tops for Education Town Hall in Atlanta in January 2013. All finalists will receive 5,000 Box Tops (valued at $500) for the Box Tops for Education eligible schools of their choice.

    “Fostering a successful education for our children today leads to a brighter future tomorrow,” explained Tommy Hillman, Box Tops for Education marketing manager. “However, sparking learning in our schools doesn’t magically happen. The collaborative commitment, the understanding and the love that is shared by many caring individuals has resulted in meaningful and measurable progress for our children. The Box Tops for Education 10 Under 35 contest is our way to salute America’s finest young adults making an important contribution in their local communities.”

    Complete contest rules and judging criteria are available at www.BET.com/10Under35. If your school is not enrolled in Box Tops for Education, call 1-888-799-2444, or visit www.btfe.com.

    About Box Tops for Education: America’s schools have earned more than $475 million through the Box Tops for Education® program since the program started in 1996, including more than $74 million during the 2011-2012 school year. More than 90,000 schools use that cash to purchase items such as computers, library books, art supplies and playground equipment. Schools can earn up to $20,000 by clipping Box Tops from 240 products and can earn eBoxTops by shopping online through the Box Tops Marketplace.

    Utilize your grocery list to earn cash for your child’s school. Simply buy the products; clip the Box Tops; send them to school and earn cash for the things your school needs. Many participating brands such as Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal, Hamburger Helper® skillet meals and Cinnamon Toast Crunch® cereal are already household favorites. To learn more about Box Tops for Education and for a list of participating products, visit www.btfe.com

    About BET Networks: BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

    Contact Information
    Box Tops for Education
    Iman Johnson
    763-764-6494
    Iman.Johnson@genmills.com

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