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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06

NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: SEPTEMBER 7, 2005

$1.4 MILLION FROM 1.4 MILLION STUDENTS
MONEY TO AID RELIEF EFFORTS ON GULF COAST

North Carolina public school students and teachers interested in helping fellow students and educators on the Gulf Coast are being encouraged to participate in the "$1.4 Million from 1.4 Million Students" fund-raising campaign.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said that North Carolina's public schools have always been ready to help when disaster strikes. "No matter where the need has been – in our state or in Afghanistan – North Carolina public school children and educators have responded," Atkinson said. "North Carolina students have benefited from the generosity of others following hurricanes that have struck our state. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to give back to those that have generously helped us in the past."

Many local school districts, schools and student groups across the state have expressed an interest in helping schools and students affected by the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. National relief organizations have requested financial donations, as victims of the storm and the organizations assisting them are not equipped to deal with donations of materials.

Schools are encouraged to send donations to the N.C. Disaster Relief Fund, which is managed by the Governor's Office in partnership with the United Way of North Carolina. All money raised will go directly to the victims, as this fund has no administrative costs.

Communities interested in contributing to this fund should send checks made payable to the N.C. Helping Neighbors Fund, Office of the Governor, 20312 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-0312. Credit card donations also are accepted via telephone by calling toll-free 1.888.835.9966.

For more information on the "$1.4 Million from 1.4 Million Students" fund-raising campaign, please call the NC Dept. of Public Instruction's 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.