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SIX DELAWARE EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS RECEIVE DU PONT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES FUND GRANTS

 SIX DELAWARE EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS RECEIVE
 DU PONT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES FUND GRANTS
 WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Du Pont (NYSE: DD) and five of its sites will contribute $45,000 to six educational and environmental projects in Delaware.
 The money is awarded under the 1992 DCIF (Du Pont Community Initiatives Fund) Program, which uses corporate grants to match funds generated by the sites to support innovative educational and environmental activities.
 The selected projects, ranging from assisting "at risk" students and those with limited proficiency in English to a water monitoring project in the Chesapeake Bay, involve Du Pont's Glasgow, Seaford, Barley Mill, Chestnut Run and Experimental Station sites.
 The local winners were among 41 projects at 29 Du Pont sites in the United States and six countries named to receive 1992 DCIF matching grants.
 Du Pont believes two key global issues today are the need to upgrade the quality of public education and to increase public understanding of environmental matters.
 The company awards up to $150,000 annually in grants of $2,500 to $10,000 to encourage its sites to address these issues locally by developing or adopting programs in their communities.
 "Du Pont feels solutions lie in local, community efforts," said Peter C. Morrow, manager of corporate contributions. "DCIF enables Du Pont to work through employees worldwide to identify solutions and motivate local groups to take action."
 To qualify for a grant, programs must have clear, realistic, worthwhile objectives; identifiable, measurable goals and provide solutions to environmental or educational needs in the community. Du Pont employee involvement as well as collaborative efforts with government and business leaders, educators, parents, students and community groups at the local or state level are encouraged.
 This year's winners, from Alaska to Puerto Rico, range from providing needed job skills through industry/school partnerships to protecting a fresh water lagoon from development. International projects, from Russia to Argentina, involve cultural education, and rain forest preservation.
 Du Pont has invested more than $400,000 to match funds generated by sites for DCIF projects worldwide since the program began in 1990. DCIF is part of the company's corporate contributions program, which annually distributes more than $30 million worldwide to activities that focus on the environment, education, health and human services, culture and the arts.
 1992 DCIF GRANT WINNING PROGRAMS AND SITES IN DELAWARE
 GLASGOW - Ecology Camp For "At Risk" Children - As a supplement to existing after-school activities, Du Pont's K-6 Solid Waste Management Curriculum enhances reading and math skills in "at risk" children. The four-week program increases the students' self-esteem and their prospects for success in school by providing them with positive adult role models as they work with volunteers to solve a community problem.
 GLASGOW/PENCADER/STINE-HASKELL/TRALEE PARK, SITES - CHESNET (Chesapeake Environmental Science Network: Water Quality Testing - Seventh grade students, adults, and local and state governments monitor the waterways feeding into the Chesapeake Bay. The students explore the relationship between science, the individual, and the environment as they apply scientific concepts, theories and principles while interpreting their natural environment. Collected data are used to map water quality of the Chesapeake Bay.
 SEAFORD - Project Move Forward Together (M.F.T.) - School districts are facing the responsibility of serving the needs of a growing population of L.E.P. (limited English proficient) students. This program, created by a county-wide consortium of public and private organizations, will improve the quality of education for L.E.P. students and assist their families. A Center at Delaware Technical and Community College in Georgetown will provide orientation, high-intensity language classes, and assessment and evaluation to L.E.P. students, their families and other non-English speaking newcomers.
 SEAFORD - One For One - A Black Male Role Model Program - A cooperative effort between the Department of Services for Children Youth and Their Families, Du Pont employees and the Seaford School District, this program creates a mentor-protege relationship between successful Du Pont employees and black males who, despite previous trouble with the law, possess potential but lack consistent contact with a black role model.
 WILMINGTON, EXPERIMENTAL STATION SITE - Shoebox Experiments in Physics - Shoebox experiments, self-contained laboratories, encourage an interest in science by introducing students to physics, optics and electronics. The experiments stress scientific reasoning and connect classroom activities with everyday life.
 WILMINGTON, BARLEY MILL PLAZA/CHESTNUT RUN - EXCEL - This joint effort between Du Pont and Wilmington High School improves the present and future quality of life for "at risk" students through an educational enrichment and personal development program that provides them with information to make post-high school career decisions. Activities include image-building, improving study skills, student employment, career exploration and college fairs.
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