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

 ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Rebecca Dunbar, a teacher at the Whaley Center in the Anchorage School District, 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), NIKE said today. The grant of $11,900 will fund Dunbar's At-Risk Student Outreach Program, 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 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.
 Although a number of schools have adopted programs that help teen mothers meet the challenges of parenting and attending school at the same time, few programs address the high drop out rate among teen fathers. Even fewer programs offer support for parents of pregnant and parenting teens.
 In the Anchorage School District, more than 800 students are pregnant or already have children. The At-Risk Student Outreach program will expand the district's Pregnant Teen Program to meet the needs of both teen mothers and fathers.
 At-Risk Student Outreach provides teens and their parents with information on pregnancy and parenting. The materials are available in a resource library that provides a comfortable and "emotionally safe" environment for students and parents to gather information. Social services available to students are coordinated through private assistance programs is distributed on a regular basis.
 Students in the program produce a student handbook specifically for pregnant and parenting teens. They also have an opportunity to work with nurses who run a local pregnancy hotline.
 Dunbar feels that additional support for teen fathers will cut the drop out rate among the group significantly. "Teen fathers report extremely low self-esteem, a great need to talk openly with someone, as well as a need for career advice and help. They need a great deal more guidance than is currently available," Dunbar said.
 The parents of pregnant and parenting teens have the opportunity to attend parenting classes, support group, and advisory committee meetings. They are encouraged to play an active role in supporting their children.
 "Rebecca Dunbar's efforts to address the serious issues of teen parenting and drop out rates in Alaska are not only commendable, but also innovative. She has developed a program for both teen mothers and fathers that teaches the roles and responsibilities of both parents. NEA-Alaska applauds her dedication and her work," said Claudia Douglas, president of NEA-Alaska.
 Dunbar has been a teacher in the Anchorage Pregnant Teens Program since 1988, and has served as team leader of the program since 1991. Before that, she worked in the Booth Memorial Home serving at-risk students. Dunbar received a bachelor's degree in history and a master's in special education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is a member of the National Education Association and NEA-Alaska.
 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," 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 out 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 NFIE, 202-822-7840; or Virginia Hensen of NIKE, 503-671-6453; or Rebecca Dunbar of Whaley Center, 907-274-4582~
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