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RIVERSIDE TEACHER WINS JUST DO IT TEACHERS' GRANT FROM NIKE AND NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT IN EDUCATION

 RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 23 ~PRNewswire~ -- Richard Stodola, a teacher at the Jurupa Community 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; PSE), NIKE announced today. The grant of $14,800 will fund Stodola's Nightwork program, a stay-in-school initiative.
 Just Do 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.
 There are nine "community schools" in Riverside County, serving hundreds of students who have been expelled or are juvenile offenders. Until recently, about 85 percent of these students dropped out of school after they returned to a regular classroom.
 Last year, Stodola introduced an innovative program that's helping his students make a dramatic improvement academically and boosts their interest in getting an education. It's a computerized, individualized remediation program called NovaNET, a program offered through the University of Illinois Computer Center. It allows each student to work on the reading, math and language arts a skills they need to acquire. All 48 students enrolled in the Jurupa School, ages 13 to 17 participated. In just six months, their reading abilities improved four or five grade levels, math skills rose five or six grade levels, and their language arts skills improved anywhere from four to nine grade levels.
 "The students' comprehension and interest level also improved dramatically. Now we have students who don't want to go home at the end of the day," Stodola said.
 This year, Stodola is building on the success of his work by starting Nightwork. The Nightwork program enables students to check-out laptop computers so they can continue their work at home. At the same time, students are encouraged to get their parents interested in what they're working on and in learning to use a computer. The laptop computers are equipped with modems that link students with the NovaNET system. As part of the program, Stodola installed an 800 number so they can use the program at home without having to pay for long-distance telephone charges.
 "The laptop computers allow students to continue their work assignments at home and stay focused on learning beyond the school day," Stodola said. His aim for the Nightwork program is to help more students make a successful return to mainstream classrooms.
 As lead teacher at the Jurupa Community School, Stodola is responsible for the school's daily operations. Stodola also has been a social studies teacher for students at risk, and an assistant football coach at two other area high schools. He coordinates an Adopt-a-School program, and is a member of the Riverside County Office of Education's Educational Technology Subcommittee and Technology Task Force. Stodola is a member of the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association. He resides in Menifee, Calif.
 NFIE was created in 1969 by the National Education Association and is supported by Association members, foundations and 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 multi-year $1-million contribution to NFIE from NIKE.
 "The teachers leading these programs are putting hope back onto 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," said NFIE Executive Director Donna Rhodes.
 "Without support from NIKE, NFIE's drop out prevention efforts would be limited. And the number of students who drop out 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: Judy Hodgeson of the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, 202-822-7840; or Virginia Hensen of NIKE, 503-671-6453; or Richard Stodola of Jurupa Community School, 714-369-6317~
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