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AMERICA WEST AIRLINES FOUNDATION AWARDS $25,000 IN EDUCATIONAL GRANTS FOR 1993-94

 PHOENIX, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The America West Airlines Foundation has awarded $25,000 in grants to support educational opportunities in the communities served by America West Airlines for the 1993-94 school year. The Foundation has awarded more than $115,000 in educational grants and scholarships since its inception in 1990.
 "We were pleased with the overall quality of the grant requests," said Ronold Platner, America West Foundation president and attorney with the Phoenix law firm Streich Lang, P.A. "The nine grants we selected met the required guidelines and promise to make an impact on educational opportunities across the America West route system."
 Each year, the Foundation contributes to non-profit organizations and educational programs which emphasize three main areas: (1) the development of leadership skills among teachers and students, (2) the special needs of disadvantaged, disabled or minority students and (3) parent participation in education.
 One of the proposals funded this year is the Wilson Elementary School District's "Parents and Teachers: Together We Can Make a Difference" program, a weekly family education class for parents of kindergarten and first grade students. Concepts including self-esteem, nutrition, health, safety, hygiene, discipline and the importance of education will be covered. A highlight of the program will be to introduce the parents to computer technology their children will be using.
 The students in the Wilson Elementary School District are considered the most "at-risk" student population in Maricopa County which includes the entire Phoenix metropolitan area. Fully 75 percent are limited in their English proficiency, and 98 percent of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch.
 To further strengthen the Wilson Elementary School program, an additional grant funded by the Foundation was awarded to "Newspapers In Education" through Phoenix Newspapers Inc. This grant will provide newspapers to all "English as a Second Language" classrooms at Wilson Elementary School. In addition to providing newspapers to students, the NIE program will focus on how parents can use a newspaper at home with their child to reinforce basic skills.
 "We hope the two grants, selected independently by the committee will enhance opportunities for `at-risk' students," said Bill Shover, director of public affairs for Phoenix Newspapers Inc. Shover served as chairman of the grant selection committee which is comprised of educators from the university and high school levels. He added, "The main source of the Foundation's funds come from the generosity of America West's employees who donate through a payroll deduction plan. It's exciting to see these hard-earned dollars support the worthwhile projects we've selected for this year's educational grants."
 Another proposal funded by the America West Foundation is the "Respect Program" which will take place in 10 Mesa, Ariz., schools. The "Respect Program" was spearheaded by two concerned parents and a school principal who tested a pilot program last year at Hermosa Vista Elementary School. The program relies upon parent and teacher participation in addressing such issues as the use of bad language, lack of respect displayed toward teachers, students "bullying" other students, respect for fellow students regardless of differences, teachers listening to students needs, inconsistencies in discipline and lack of respect for property.
 The Mesa "Respect Program" was developed independently but has a natural tie-in to America West's current "We Haven't Forgotten the Meaning of Respect" advertising campaign. In addition to the Foundation grant, the airline is providing corporate support through incentive awards for students, teachers and parents representing the 10 schools, and America West employee volunteers will participate in the "Respect Program" to speak about why respect is important in the world of work and in their personal life.
 The America West Foundation is a self-supporting, non-profit organization with resources derived through donations from America West Airlines' employees, fundraising projects and other programs.
 Nearly 200 proposals were received by the Foundation. The following is a complete list of the programs awarded grants this year:
 PHOENIX
 -- Brophy College Preparatory: "The Loyola Project" -- $2,850;
 -- Cave Creek Unified School District No. 93 and Maricopa County
 Sheriff's Department: "Midnight Madness" -- $4,000;
 -- Mesa Unified School District No. 4: "Respect Program" -- $2,000;
 -- Phoenix Newspapers Inc.: "Newspapers In Education Program" --
 $825; and
 -- Wilson Elementary School District: "Parents and Teachers:
 Together We Can Make a Difference" -- $4,000
 COLUMBUS
 -- Ballet Metropolitan Inc.: "Community Outreach Program" --
 $2,000; and
 -- Columbus Dispatch: "Newspapers In Education Program" -- $325
 LAS VEGAS
 -- University of Nevada at Las Vegas: "Accelerated School Satellite
 Center Project" -- $5,000
 SEATTLE
 -- Tacoma Community College: "Academic Career Prep (ACP) 2000
 Leadership" -- $2,000
 TUCSON
 -- Arts Genesis Inc.: "Old Pascua Youth Artists" -- $2,000
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 /CONTACT: Daphne Dicino, 602-693-5729/


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