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MULTICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED MAY 8

 MULTICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED MAY 8
 BOSTON, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-seven individuals and groups will receive awards tomorrow from a multicultural recognition program, "Celebrating a Word of Diversity and Understanding," in a ceremony at 10 a.m., at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
 The recipients will include students, parents, teachers, administrators, a school nurse, and a social worker.
 The program was established to recognize individuals or groups who have had an impact on a school or community in fostering understanding among people of different races, religions, ethnic backgrounds, gender, and special needs.
 The awards recipients include:
 -- A student government-initiated Human Relations Council organized in New Bedford to address increasing racial and ethnic diversity in the school and community;
 -- A social worker and teacher in Newton who founded an International Women's Group to provide support to mothers of elementary school students who are recent immigrants;
 -- A Vietnamese-American student in Ipswich whose outreach to international students at her high school facilitated the return of one student who had dropped out;
 -- A student-faculty "Cultural Diversity Committee" created in Orange to foster awareness of and appreciation for the cultural differences in a small regional high school and the community it serves;
 -- An inter-generational pen pal program between an elementary school in Beverly and elderly residents of the community.
 One group, Students United for Racial Equality (SURE), is receiving its second Multicultural Recognition award. Members of the group have increased their efforts in reducing prejudice to include a workshop for faculty at Wayland High School this year.
 Acting commissioner of Education, Rhoda E. Schneider, in her welcoming address will commend the award recipients for their leadership and commitment to celebrating diversity.
 Among the speakers will be Nancy Barra-Zuman, a leading educator in the field of multicultural education, who will discuss the critical role played by families in supporting children's efforts as change agents. The Kids Earth Chorus, of Cambridge, will provide music.
 Program sponsors are the Massachusetts Department of Education, the New England Center for Equity Assistance, the Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education, the Metco Directors Association, and the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association.
 1992 MULTICULTURAL AWARD RECIPIENTS
 Beverly -- Dora Torres
 Boston -- The Grade Five Team (Sarah Greenwood School)
 Boston -- Geraldine Milgram
 Boston -- Dearborn Middle School
 Fall River B.M.C. -- Durfee High School Student Government
 Haverhill -- Ryan Lebro
 Holyoke -- Felix Fontanez
 Ipswich -- Hahn Nguyen
 Leominster -- Catherine Cotto
 Longmeadow -- Mely Cheng
 Malden -- Katy Mei-Kuan Kwong
 Methuen -- Grade five students/ Comprehensive Grammar School
 Methuen -- Richard Raiche
 New Bedford -- Mary Rodrigues
 Newton -- Anna F. Doherty
 Newton -- Miriam Vayle/Ann Grantham
 Northampton -- Peer Education Class
 Orange -- Cultural Diversity Committee
 Salem -- Betty Rea
 Stoughton -- Gabrielle Pardo
 Swampscott -- Margaret Small
 Wayland -- Dan Frio
 Wayland -- Students United for Racial Equality
 Wellesley -- Maria E. Goode Bowens
 Westwood -- Scott Goldman
 Weymouth -- Jessica Kilby/Kelly Myatt
 Worcester -- Martin Luther King Jr. Welcoming Committee
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 /CONTACT: Marie Fricker of the Massachusetts Department of Education, 617-770-7312/ CO: Massachusetts Department of Education ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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