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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: OCTOBER 3, 2002


State Superintendent Mike Ward will be in Goldsboro tomorrow, Oct. 4, at 1 p.m., for the send-off of 10,000 school supply kits collected by North Carolina students as part of Student to Student: North Carolina Reaches Out to Afghanistan.

The Student to Student project came about as a result of a conference call Ward had with students in 15 North Carolina schools while on a mission trip with the international relief agency, Stop Hunger Now. During the conference call, Ward said that many of the students and teachers lacked basic school supplies such as paper, pencils, and desks. Moved by the plight of their peers, the students initiated the Student-to-Student campaign. There are some 9.6 million school-age children in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of public schools across the state served as collection points for student kits containing 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, #2 yellow pencils, pencil sharpeners, ballpoint pens, colored pencils, crayons, watercolor paints, clipboards, and safety scissors. Teacher kits containing rulers, 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, construction paper, chalk, tape, tape measure, glue sticks, world map, inflatable globe, scissors, rulers, ballpoint pens, markers and a clipboard also were collected.

The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church provided warehouse space to store the kits until they were ready to be shipped. Stop Hunger Now is coordinating the delivery of the kits to Afghanistan.

The event takes place at the Marion Edwards Recovery Center's Eastern Facility located at 676 Community Drive (phone - 888.440.9167). The send-off caps a seven-month collection effort led by students and teachers in public schools across the state.

For more information on the Student to Student initiative, please go to DPI's Web site at or call the Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.