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PE HELPS BRING CITY AND SUBURBAN SCHOOL KIDS TOGETHER

 PE HELPS BRING CITY AND SUBURBAN SCHOOL KIDS TOGETHER
 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicholas DeBenedictis,


Philadelphia Electric senior vice president for corporate and public affairs, will present a $30,000 check, in support of the Philadelphia Area Responds To Need for Educational Resources in Science (PARTNERS) program, to representatives from the Collaborative for West Philadelphia Public Schools (CWPPS) on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the Science Lab of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, 3700 Walnut St., Philadelphia.
 The teachers, principals and the two third-grade classes currently involved in the PARTNERS program will also be attending.
 Philadelphia Electric Company (NYSE: PE) (PE) is contributing to the PARTNERS program, a pilot program based at the University of Pennsylvania which "partners" urban and suburban, private and public, school students in activity-based science education. The students are participating in identical science lessons via modem equipped computers. The first "partnership" commenced in September, 1991. Two additional school pairings are planned for the 1992-93 school year.
 While the initial "partnership" began last September, Thursday's meeting marks the first time the students from Wayne Elementary School in Radnor, Pa., and Benjamin B. Comegys Elementary School in West Philadelphia will meet. The students have already written to their "pen pals" and have exchanged photographs and videotapes of themselves and their classrooms.
 The goals of the PARTNERS program are to increase enthusiasm in science education among students as well as teachers by providing innovative activities and lessons, while at the same time, providing urban and suburban students with meaningful interaction involving common learning tasks.
 Scheduled to attend the presentation are DeBenedictis, Marvin Lazerson, Dean of Graduate School of Education at Penn, the third grade classes from the Comegys and Wayne Elementary schools, respective principals and teachers, Michael McCormick, PE manager of community affairs, Linda Hansell of the CWPPS, and Rita Rose, University of Pennsylvania.
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 /CONTACT: Carol Rath Gosser of Philadelphia Electric, 215-841-4126; Linda Hansell of CWPPS, 215-898-2497; or Carl Magueri of the University of Pennsylvania, 215-898-1422/
 (PE) CO: Philadelphia Electric Company; Philadelphia Area Responds To Need
 for Educational Resources in Science ST: Pennsylvania IN: UTI SU:


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