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December 1, 2003

New award will recognize, reward successful business-school partnerships

The Council for Corporate and School Partnerships (CCSP) has announced creation of a new award designed to honor successful partnerships between the business world and schools.

The new award, the National School and Business Partnership Award, will be given to six different partnerships from around the country. The award recipients will receive national recognition for their efforts, and each of the six schools or school districts will receive $10,000.

The awards will be based on several criteria, including the success, strength, sustainability, and impact of the partnership.

The CCSP was founded in 1991 by the Coca-Cola Company to recognize and promote successful partnerships among schools, school districts, businesses, and business organizations.

“With an estimated $2.4 billion and 109 million volunteer hours contributed to schools by businesses, these partnerships have become one of the most effective ways for educators and business leaders to work together to boost achievement amid rising standards and declining school budgets,” the group said in a release.

Partnerships involving kindergarten through 12th grade public schools or school districts and business are eligible to participate in this awards program. Applications are due January 29, 2004.

For further information, including eligibility requirements and applications, please visit www.corpschoolpartners.org/award.shtml.