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 Article of Interest - At-Risk

Nation's Largest Gathering of School Drop-Out Prevention Specialists Assemble in DC
Over 800 Leaders and Volunteers from 30 States Highlight Best Practices Helping At-Risk Students
Press Release Source: Communities In Schools National, November 6, 2002, PR Newswire
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WHAT: Champions for Children: Celebrating and Inspiring Success 25th Anniversary National Conference for Communities In Schools, the nation's leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life.

More than 800 Communities In Schools network members, partners and volunteers from 30 states celebrate the 25-year journey from a small demonstration program in Atlanta to a national movement hat provides access to needed services for more than 1.9 million students annually.

The conference general sessions are built around the "Five Basics" that kids need -- a one-on one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start and healthy future, and a chance to give back to peers and community.

KEYNOTE Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund Founder and President Friday, November 8, 12:00 - 1:30 PM


SPEAKERS & TIMES: Earl D. Woods, Tiger Woods Foundation President, and Student Performances
Friday, November 8, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Wally Amos, Uncle Wally's Muffins Founder (formerly "Famous" Amos)", and Deborah J. Daniels, Assistant Attorney General
Thursday, November 7, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Mary P. Easley, North Carolina First Lady
Sunday, November 10, 10:15 - 12:15 PM

Judge Eric Andell, Deputy Under Secretary (Designate), U.S. Department of Education
Friday, November 8, 8:15 - 9:30 AM

WHERE: The Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington DC

"It's Election Day, and politics is on everyone's mind, but the future of our children is not a partisan issue," said Bill Milliken, Founder and President of Communities In Schools. "For 25 years, Communities In Schools has earned the support of Democrats, Republicans, and every presidential administration from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush. Our local programs are turning around the lives of thousands of children every year."

Worth magazine, in its December/January 2002 issue, chose Communities In Schools (CIS) as one of the "100 charities most likely to save the world," out of more than 800,000 American charities. By bringing caring adults into the schools to address children's unmet needs, CIS provides the link between educators and the community, helping young people learn, stay in school and prepare for life.

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