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NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: SEPTEMBER 1, 2009

STATE EDUCATION LEADERS TO VOLUNTEER IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson and State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison will do their part to help educators and students in Durham and Raleigh this Thursday as a part of President Barack Obama's and Governor Bev Perdue's "United We Serve" campaign.

Atkinson will speak with volunteers and teachers attending a school supply giveaway sponsored by "Crayons2Calculators–The Durham Teacher Warehouse Corp." The event will be held at the group's warehouse (109 East Chapel Hill St., Durham) on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 4:30 p.m.

"Crayons2Calculators" is a nonprofit organization based in Durham County that collects new or gently-used school supplies and then holds special events to which educators are invited to come "shop for free" for the supplies they need. Atkinson and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction employees are currently collecting supplies for the organization. Donations can be dropped in the lobby of the Education Building (301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh). Supplies will be collected until Sept. 11.

In Raleigh, State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison will read to a group of students to kick off a new "Ready to Read" literacy campaign. The event will take place at the Communities in Schools of Wake County's RBC Bank Learning Center at Heritage Park (416 Dorothea Dr.) on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 4:30 p.m.

"Ready to Read" is a Communities in Schools of Wake County initiative developed to help students who struggle with fundamental language concepts of letter and sound recognition, reading, writing and spelling. Communities in Schools of Wake County operates five after-school learning centers in Raleigh public housing communities: Heritage Park, Kentwood, Capitol Park, Chavis Heights, and Mayview. Harrison toured the Capitol Park Learning Center and visited with CIS staff last week. He plans to volunteer at one center every month during the current school year.

For more information on these events, contact the NCDPI'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.