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GRADY CLUSTER CORPORATE PARTNER COCA-COLA TO SUPPORT EARLY EDUCATION IN CITY NEIGHBORHOODS; FOUNDATION GRANT BOOSTS ATLANTA PROJECT "PRE-K"

 ATLANTA, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coca-Cola Company today announced a contribution of $120,000 over two years to support early education for children in The Atlanta Project's "Grady Cluster" community.
 The announcement was made by Ingrid Saunders Jones, vice president, corporate external affairs, The Coca-Cola Company, during former President Jimmy Carter's visit to Grady High School, the starting point of his day-long tour of several cluster neighborhoods.
 The grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, will help fund four new pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) education programs in the Grady Cluster neighborhood. It will also be used to enhance the services of four existing Pre-K programs.
 The Coca-Cola grant supplements start-up funds for the program provided by the State of Georgia. Once state funds are received, teachers for the program will be hired and trained. Project coordinators plan to open the new Pre-K sites as early as January 1994.
 "This joint initiative between the community and its partners -- The Coca-Cola Company, the State of Georgia, Georgia State University and The Atlanta Project -- will help give children in the Grady Cluster a chance to succeed, regardless of what economic barriers they must overcome," said President Carter.
 Grady Cluster Coordinator Victoria Durant-Gonzalez said the program aims to offer Pre-K education to every four-year-old child in the Grady Cluster.
 "We at The Coca-Cola Company want to do our part to help ensure that every child has access to quality education at an early age, when it is so important," said Ms. Saunders Jones. "The support we announce today is consistent with our commitment to excellence in education, and expresses how very important our neighbors in the Grady Cluster community are to us."
 President Carter met with cluster residents to receive an update on their activities and to give them a briefing on Atlanta Project programs in other neighborhoods.
 The Grady Cluster includes Midtown, Inman Park, Ansley, Bedford Pines, Virginia-Highlands and the public housing communities of Techwood/Clark Howell Homes, Grady Homes, U-Rescue and Westminister.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Peek of The Coca-Cola Company, 404-676-4848/


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