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DETROIT TEACHER WINS JUST DO IT TEACHERS' GRANT FROM NIKE, NFIE

 DETROIT, Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Lawrence Stackpoole, a teacher at Earhart Middle School, is one of 20 teachers across the country to receive a Just Do It Teachers' Grant from the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) and NIKE Inc. (NYSE: NKE; PSE). The grant of $18,000 will fund Stackpoole's Earhart Program for Excellence, a stay-in-school initiative.
 Just Do Teachers' Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 over a two-year period and are awarded to educators who design programs that motivate students to stay in school and achieve academic success. This year's grants, ranging from $3,000 to $18,000, are funding teachers in 17 states.
 After students graduate from Earhart Middle School, they're "fed" into a high school with the second highest dropout rate in the city. To help these students beat the odds of becom within the Challenge Program help s tu nts learn about the world around them -- both inside and outside the classroom. It's designed to give students greater control over their educational experience," Stackpoole said.
 The Earhart Challenge Program for Excellence includes:
 ACCELERATED READING PROGRAM. All of the books in the Earhart library are assigned a grade level and the number of points children can earn by reading them. After students read a book, they go to a special computer to take a short test on its content. Students get immediate, positive feedback if they do well on the test -- something that school staff believes is very important for boosting self-cof?idence and a feeling of accomplishment. At the end of each month, students receive reports on their progress. Those who do particularly well may receive special recognition, such as T-shirts or having their accomplishments announced in a school newsletter. Stackpoole believes "if our children can read and comprehend what they read, their proficiency in all academic areas improves." Stackpoole coordinates the Accelerated Reading Program.
 FLEX TIME. Flex Time sets aside two hours every other week for students to explore something new. This new experience may e anything from attending a modern dance or music class to participating in a debate or attending a science fair. Volunteer mentors and tutors from the community direct the special sessions and serve as mentors for the students. Large corporations such as Michigan Consolidated Gas and Young & Rebuicam Advertising have already committed a number of employees to serve in the program. Flex Time is coordinated by Earhart staff member Stephen Black.
 INTRAMURAL ATHLETICS. Teachers and community members have volunteered to coach, referee and manage six intramural sports programs for students. Earhart staff believes the sports program will increase attendance and student's scores, as well as positively affect the climate within the school. Earhart staff member Marian Alexander coordinates the Intramural Athletics program.
 TOKEN ECONOMY. Students are rewarded for increasing their effort and their achievements through the Token Economy program. They earn points if they improve their grades, attendance or behavior. The more points they accumulate the more times they can "buy" with their points from the school store. Items in the store include books, encyclopedias, pencils and pens, board games, computers, bicycles, music equipment, clothes and sports equipment. The Token Economy program is led by Earhart staff member Stephanie Jemison.
 ACADEMIC GAMING. Academic Gaming is Earhart's answer to the College Bowl. Students participate in teams that compete to answer questions, solve math games, and other problems. Staff believes the games will result in better class participation and attendance and better quiz and test scores. Students also learn to depend on each other and appreciate their teammates' contributions. Earhart staff member Roger Pattee coordinates the Academic Gaming program.
 TUTORING AND MENTORING. Earhart staff is enlarging its cadre of mentors and tutors who work with students to improve their learning skills. Tutors and mentors also guide students in their academic careers, give them support and encouragement, and introduce them to new activities. The Tutoring and Mentoring program is coordinated by Earhart staff member Henrietta Stringer.
 Stackpoole has been a teacher and computer-literacy specialist in the Detroit Public Schools since 1982. He has also worked as consultant, teacher trainer, and a science teacher and as a biology instructor at Eastern Michigan University. Stackpoole has been a recipient of the Master Teacher Award, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers organization. He is an International Award Recipient of the Edison Foundation, and was selected by his students to receive the Superintendent's Excellence Award for his influence in shaping their academic careers. Stackpoole earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Michigan State University, and a master's in environmental science from the University of Michigan.
 NFIE was created in 1969 by the National Education Association, and is supported by Association members, foundations, corporations and other individuals. The Foundation promotes excellence in teaching and learning by empowering educators to meet the educational needs of all students.
 The business-education partnership between NFIE and NIKE was forged with a multi-year $1 million contribution to NFIE from NIKE.
 "The teachers leading these programs are putting hope back onto the lives of thousands of children, many of whom encounter obstacles to learning before they ever enter a classroom. These teachers are working to give all children a chance to be successful," said NFIE Executive Director Donna Rhodes.
 "Without support from NIKE, NFIE's drop out prevention efforts would be limited. And the number of students who drop to could easily exceed the 25 percent nationwide who leave school before graduation."
 NIKE is the world's leading manufacturer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories. The company devotes three-fourths of its philanthropic budget to inner-city youth programs that emphasize improving education.
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 ~CONTACT: Judy Hodgeson of the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 202-822-7840; or Virginia Hensen of NIKE, 503-671-6453; or Lawrence Stackpoole of Earhart Middle School, 313-849-3945~
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