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NEWS RELEASES 1999-00 :: MAY 9, 2000


Representatives from three North Carolina schools will be heading to Washington, D.C., in June to accept the National Service-Learning Leader Schools award for excellence in service-learning.

Cumberland County’s Ramsey Street Alternative Middle School, Guilford County’s Ferndale Middle School, and Union County’s Piedmont High School were three of 66 schools across the country to receive this award. The presidential award recognizes outstanding schools that combine academics with community service in a way that benefits students, teaches civic responsibility, and strengthens communities.

Ramsey Street Alternative Middle School Principal Mary Owens said the school was extremely proud and honored to receive the award. "We’re particularly pleased to receive this award due to the fact that we’re an alternative school. It demonstrates to the community that although our students have made mistakes in the past, they can give back to the community," Owens said. She added that the award had increased her students’ self-esteem and made them feel special for being recognized for their contributions to society.

While in Washington, the teams also will attend a congressional reception and receive three days of training. Leader schools remain "active winners" for two years, sharing their service-learning successes with other schools. Each school has a leadership plan, which includes such activities as hosting visitors to their campus, training peers, or promoting service-learning through conferences, in publications and online.

The National Service-Learning Leader Schools program is administered by the Corporation for National Service. For more information on the National Service-Learning Leader Schools program, contact Steve Holman or Amy Halstead at 800.628.8442.

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.