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DUPONT SPONSORS TEACHERS AT NSTA

 WILMINGTON, Del., March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Aided by a DuPont grant, 33 area science teachers will attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual meeting early next month in Kansas City, Mo.
 The company and its plants are sponsoring more than 190 teachers from communities in 25 states and Canada where DuPont has major sites.
 "Our primary goal is to stimulate new ideas to make science teaching more interesting to both students and teachers," said Stacey J. Mobley, senior vice president-DuPont External Affairs.
 Early in the 1980s a series of national reports focused attention on the startling decrease in the number of teachers and students in science at the pre-college level. Business and industry were asked to help.
 DuPont learned that activities in direct support of teachers would have the greatest impact, and that attendance at NSTA meetings provided access to ideas, materials and other resources. The grant also helps reinforce the status of the science teacher and the science agenda in the school.
 This is the 10th year DuPont has sponsored teachers at NSTA meetings. The company's plant sites work closely with their school districts. Selection of the elementary and secondary school science teachers is based on merit as determined by school administrators.
 "Teachers are one of our most valuable resources," Mobley said. "Programs that develop elementary and secondary school teachers by providing access to new teaching tools will have the most immediate effect on today's students."
 The company supports other quality science education programs, such as DuPont Mini-grants for Teachers, ranging from $100 to $1,500 for anyone teaching grades K-12 in Delaware; a five-day honors workshop on polymer chemistry and biotechnology at the Experimental Station; QUEST (Quest for Excellence in Science Teaching), a Delaware-based school/industry cooperative; and the Science Alliance, a non-profit corporation through which volunteer scientists and engineers enhance science education by contributing skills and expertise to both teachers and students.
 DuPont has sponsored more than 1,700 teachers at 16 NSTA national and regional conventions since the program began in 1984.
 The DuPont NSTA sponsorship is part of a corporate aid-to-education program that distributes more than $15 million worldwide annually. In 1993, DuPont expects to contribute $2 million to support programs aimed at enhancing the quality of science and math education for pre-college students. The remaining funds primarily support colleges and universities.
 AREA DUPONT SPONSORED TEACHERS ATTENDING 1993 NSTA
 DELAWARE
 Brandywine School District
 Jeffrey L. Fidler -- Marguerite H. Burnett Elementary
 Debra Greenstone -- Mount Pleasant High School
 Appoquinimink School District
 Laura Troxell -- Redding Middle School
 Red Clay School District
 Peg Walz -- Conrad Middle School
 Colonial School District
 Keating DuGarm -- Calvin R. McCullough Elementary
 Christina School District
 Carol D. Olson -- West Park Place Elementary
 Sandra T. Ryan -- Ramon C. Cobbs Elementary
 Jean Leach -- West Park Place Elementary
 Geraldine Stewart -- Henry M. Brader Elementary
 New Castle County Voc. Tech. School District
 Valerie Ness -- Delcastle Technical High School
 Kent County Voc. Tech. School District
 Kevin G. O'Malley -- Polytech High School
 Cape Henlopen School District
 Rob Schroeder -- Cape Henlopen High School
 Mrs. Gwyneth Sharp -- Cape Henlopen High School
 Woodbridge School District
 Pam Tersine -- Woodbridge High School
 Smyrna School District
 Stephanie Wolbert -- John Bassett Moore Middle School
 Capital School District
 Frank Gieske -- Central Middle School
 Caesar Rodney School District
 David R. Williams -- Caesar Rodney Junior High School
 Lake Forest School District
 Betty Stone -- W. T. Chipman Middle School
 Sussex County Voc. Tech. School District
 Scott Burd -- Sussex Technical High School
 Milford Schood District
 Robert Koppenhaver -- Milford High School
 Seaford School District
 Alison Walt -- Seaford High School
 Rebecca S. Shatz -- Seaford Middle School
 Laurel School District
 Mary C. Bing -- Laurel Intermediate School
 Indian River School District
 Larry Snyder -- Sussex Central High School
 Charles Webb -- Indian River High School
 Nonpublic schoolc
 Margaret A. Birdsall -- Holy Angels School
 Susan Di Giacomo -- St. Thomas the Apostle School
 Higher Education Institutions
 Allan Thompson -- University of Delaware
 PENNSYLVANIA
 Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
 William Anderson -- Unionville-Chadds Ford High School
 Kennett School District
 Steven Robison -- Kennett High School
 Garnet Valley School District
 Stan Shepanski -- Garnet Valley High School
 Independent
 Sandra Thurston -- Pilot School
 MARYLAND
 Charles W. Cross -- Elkton High School
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 /CONTACT: Barbara A. Wolf of DuPont, 302-773-2669/
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