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NEWS RELEASES 2003-04 :: DECEMBER 4, 2003


The North Carolina Association of Educators and the Public Schools of North Carolina awarded media outlets in North Carolina with the 2003 School Bell Award for increasing understanding of public schools.

The awards were presented by State Superintendent Mike Ward, NCAE President Carolyn McKinney, and NCAE Vice President Eddie Davis III during a banquet at the Sheraton Downtown, Raleigh.

Awards were presented to newspapers, and radio and television stations for work produced during the 2002-03 school year. Approximately 100 entries were submitted, and judges selected 16 for School Bell Awards. Nine entries received honorable mention recognition. The judges were from the education, business and government sectors.

The School Bell Award program was created to recognize the media for their efforts to increase public understanding of the public schools in this state. This is the fourth year for the awards program.

School Bell Award winners for 2003 are:

Single Feature Greensboro News and Record, "Free Meals, Right Mouths?"
News Series The Charlotte Observer, "Creating a New World Arts Series."
Single Column The Charlotte Observer, "Great Teachers Go All Out to Reach Students."
Breaking News Greensboro News and Record, "Andrews Accused of Fraud."
Coverage of Minority Issues Greensboro News and Record, "Few Minorities Take AP-Level Courses" and "Race Matters."
Single Feature Henderson Daily Dispatch, "Education's Future Glimpse Into Present."
News Series Henderson Daily Dispatch, "No Child Left Behind Series."
The Courier Tribune, "Local Schools Affected by National Law."
Editorials The Sampson Independent, "Laudable Success."
Ongoing Education Coverage The Courier Tribune, "Back to School."
News Series WFAE 90.7 FM, "Charter Schools: Do They Make the Grade?"
Single Feature The Clayton News-Star, "Parental Involvement is Key to Student Success."
News Series The Clayton News-Star, "Clayton High School Senior Projects."
Ongoing Education Coverage/School Section Franklin Press, "Back to School in Macon County 2003-04."
Breaking News Story Carteret County News-Times, "Principal Leaves; Cites Budget Cut."
Over 30,000 Circulation Greensboro News and Record, Single Feature, "Education Laws Work at Cross Purposes."
Greensboro News and Record, News Series, "Principal Issues."
The Charlotte Observer, Single Column, "Bumpy Road Doesn't Derail Teen Driver."
Under 30,000 Circulation

The News Reporter, Single Feature, "Edgewood Music Students 'Ride' Yamahas."

Tri/Bi/Weekly The Clayton News-Star, Single Feature, "Schools Serve Nutrition With Good Lunches."
The Clayton News-Star, Editorial, "Closing the Gap Plan Worthy of Funding."
The Clayton News-Star, Ongoing Education Coverage, "East Clayton Program Teaches Spanish to Kindergarten Students."
The Clayton News-Star, Ongoing Education Coverage, "Riverwood Elementary School Supports the U.S. Military."
The News Reporter, Breaking News, "No Child Left Behind Program Worries Educators."

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.