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HOLYOKE TEACHER WINS JUST DO IT TEACHERS' GRANT FROM NIKE AND NFIE

 HOLYOKE, Mass., Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Ellen Jackson, a teacher at the M.R. Kelly 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 $10,500 will fund Jackson's T.E.A.M.S. Program or Tutoring Enrichment Assistance Models for Schools, a stay-in-school initiative.
 Just Do It Teachers' Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 over a two-year period, and are awarded to teachers who design programs that address the needs of children who are having problems in school -- problems that may put them at risk of dropping out later on. This year's grants, ranging from $3,000 to $18,000, are funding teachers in 17 states.
 T.E.A.M.S. is a partnership between the M.R. Kelly School and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Through a two-part tutoring program, T.E.A.M.S., is giving 50 third, fourth and fifth graders in-school tutoring. Another group of students who need extra academic help will participate in an after-school program. The program assigns seven undergraduate students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst to classrooms in the Kelly school to work with small groups of children on reading, writing and math skills.
 "In the Holyoke School District, more than one in three students leave school before graduation and the dropout rate is more than one in two among our minority youth. The children who don't speak English as a first language may be two or three years below grade level in reading. We need to address the special needs of these students," says Jackson.
 Between five and 10 fifth-graders are selected to participate in the special after-school program. These students receive one-on-one tutoring and engage in special enrichment activities and projects. Many of these activities focus on giving students a "global" education. For example, students may learn to use computer modems to communicate with children around the world. Or they may be introduced to multicultural literature, practice reading aloud in a language other than their own or write letters to a pen pal in another country.
 "We want the after-school project to enlarge the perspectives of students at Holyoke and foster a sense of global awareness. Many of our students can't see beyond the barriers of city life, but by using new technologies, they can learn about the world beyond our school yard," Jackson says.
 As the reading resource teacher, Jackson monitors a school-wide reading program, acts as a consultant to teachers on their students' reading problems and progress and manages the library. She has served as a reading specialist in the Holyoke Public School District since 1982. Jackson earned a bachelor's degree in human science from the University of Massachusetts, and a master's in education from Westfield State College. She is a member of the National Education Association, the Massachusetts Education Association and the Holyoke Teachers Association.
 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 into 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," says NFIE Executive Director Donna Rhodes.
 "Without support from NIKE, NFIE's dropout prevention efforts wouon."
 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.
 Contact: Ellen Jackson, M.R. Kelly School, 216 West St., Holyoke, MA 01040, 413-534-2078. Principal: John Cavanaugh. District: Holyoke School District.
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 ~CONTACT: Judy Hodgeson of NFIE, 202-822-7840; or Virginia Hensen of NIKE, 503-671-6453~
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