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GE FOUNDATION AWARDS ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 GRANT FOR STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAM

 GE FOUNDATION AWARDS ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL $10,000 GRANT
 FOR STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAM
 MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The GE Foundation of Fairfield, Conn., has awarded a $10,000 grant to Roosevelt Senior High School in Minneapolis to promote academic excellence through a new student recognition and reward program called "Yes, I Can!"
 "The primary goal of the program is to increase student self esteem by acknowledging achievement, academic improvement and good attendance with meaningful incentives," said Barbara Bellair, principal of Roosevelt. The incentive program is concurrent with the restructuring of the educational program at Roosevelt.
 Every student at Roosevelt has equal access to the rewards of the "Yes, I Can!" program. Specific goals and improvement standards are set relating to grade point average and attendance. Students reaching the goals are immediately recognized and rewarded, which serves to build a successful environment of academic work and achievement.
 More than 50 local businesses are participating in the program through donations of merchandise, cash and discount offerings. "A student meeting the academic and attendance goals could eat lunch every day at a greatly reduced cost, such as receiving free sandwiches or beverages or a 30 percent discount, at any one of the participating area restaurants," said Lyle Abein, "Yes, I Can!" coordinator.
 Incentives also include free admission to school dances, home athletic events, and coronation and talent shows. Students also will receive a partial reimbursement for SAT, PSAT or ACT examinations.
 Beginning the first week of school, daily attendance will be rewarded with daily drawings for cash prizes. Students who maintain good attendance records will be eligible for major prizes at the end of each trimester and at year end.
 Roosevelt High School's partnership with GE began two years ago when Eden Prairie, Minn.-based GE Capital Fleet Services provided $1,000 scholarships to help support minority education.
 "Public/private sector ventures such as the 'Yes, I Can!' program can help the business community play an important role in supporting education, especially in the cities," said Ken Dobson, manager of human resources at GE Capital Fleet Services.
 GE Capital Fleet Services' employees, Roosevelt parents and school staff members contributed many hours to solicit local businesses for those willing to join in the venture.
 Businesses, alumni or community members which would like to participate in "Yes, I Can!" can call program coordinators Mary Lathrop or Lyle Abein at 612-627-2658.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Lathrop, Roosevelt High School project coordinator, 612-627-2658; or Bob Cochrane of GE Capital Fleet Services, 612-828-2916/ CO: GE Capital Fleet Services ST: Minnesota IN: SU:


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