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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: MAY 13, 2003


Lotoya Bullock, a third grade teacher at O.R. Pope Elementary in the Nash-Rocky Mount School System, was recognized in February as North Carolina's 2003 Robert J. Marley Title I Distinguished Graduate Program recipient. Bullock was one of 45 individuals across the country to receive the award at the National Title I Conference held in Anaheim, Calif. Her accomplishments are featured in a national booklet published by the National Association of State Title I Directors, Title I: A Program for Life, the 2003 Distinguished Graduates.

Bullock credits her Title I teachers, her principal and her family for her success. "As a student, I was considered a low-achieving child with low self-esteem. I always felt everyone caught on to everything so much faster and some things I just never caught on to at all - until I was finally placed (with the help of Title I funds) in a class that provided me with the one-on-one attention I needed." She went on to graduate from Northern Nash High School in 1992 and from North Carolina A & T State University in 1998 where she received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

Her message to young students today is to "set your goals, accept the many opportunities offered to you in achieving your goals and believe you can achieve."

Title I, which began in 1965, is the largest federal aid program in K-12 education. The national program dedicates teachers and resources to help disadvantaged children overcome educational obstacles and achieve. In North Carolina, $214 million is spent on the program, serving approximately 250,000 students. Nationally, approximately 150 million children have been served by the Title I program since it began. Up to two distinguished Title I graduates from each state are recognized annually.

The Robert J. Marley Title I Distinguished Graduate Program recognizes those individuals who participated in Title I and for whom the Title I experience made a difference in their lives. The intent is to honor former Title I students who have gone on to lead productive lives and be contributing members of society.

For more information on North Carolina's Title I program, please contact Bill McGrady, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 919.807.3957, or by email,

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.