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LAS VEGAS TEACHER WINS JUST DO IT TEACHERS' GRANT FROM NIKE INC. AND NFIE

 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Jose Loya, a teacher at Dell H. Robison Middle School, 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). The grant of $13,000 will fund Loya's Hispanic Heroes 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.
 At Robison Middle School in Las Vegas, 18 percent of all students are Hispanic and current school district records show that 14 percent are likely to drop out. Hispanic Heroes allows Loya to reach out to Hispanic students and their families, and give students the incentive they need to stay in school and the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.
 A large number of Hispanic students at Robison are from one- parent families with low income. For many of these families, the only contact they have with school is to discuss absences, fights or suspensions. Gang involvement among students is high, and many don't see the connection between finishing school and finding a good job.
 "Hispanic Heroes exposes students to career choices available to them if they complete their education. The program's activities also nurture relationships among students, their families, the school and community," Loya says.
 The program targets 140 Hispanic students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades who are failing classes, in a gang, have many absences or have difficulty speaking English. These students receive two hours of tutoring every day from a cadre of Hispanic teachers in the school. These teachers are also assigned several students to mentor. As a mentor, they meet with the students once a week to chart their progress and visit their homes to meet with parents.
 Every other week, students in the program visit with a guest speaker or go on a field trip to a business, government agency or job training center. "Listening to the stories of others who have struggled and succeeded, and visiting job sites where the kids can see the skills taught in school being applied will send the message that they should stay in school," Loya says.
 Parents are invited to attend school for positive events. Once a month, awards dinners are held for students and parents to recognize academic accomplishments and citizenship. Adult education classes in English instruction are offered at the school all year long.
 Hispanic heroes also gives students an alternative to spending time on the streets after school. The program coordinates an intramural program three days a weak that includes soccer, basketball, softball, track and martial arts.
 Loya has been an English teacher at Dell H. Robison Middle School since 1989. He is a recipient of the First-Year Teacher of the Year Award and the Excellence in Education Award given by the Clark County School District. Loya earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of the National Education Association, Nevada Education Association and the Clark County Classroom Teachers Association.
 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 multiyear $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," says NFIE Executive Director Donna Rhodes.
 "Without support from NIKE, NFIE's dropout prevention efforts would be limited. And the number of students who dropout 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: Jose Loya of Dell H. Robison Middle School, 702-799-7300; Judy Hodgeson of NFIE, 202-822-7840; or Virginia Hensen of NIKE, 503-671-6453~
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