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SCHOOL DISTRICT AND GAS COMPANY TEAM UP FOR INNOVATIVE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP

 PITTSBURGH, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rochester Area School District and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, working in collaboration with the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit, have developed a volunteer educational initiative that is the first of its kind in Beaver County, the school district and Columbia Gas announced today.
 Beginning in mid-October, 13 employees of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania will serve as volunteers in the Instructional Support Team (IST) program at Rochester Elementary School. Each volunteer will spend four hours per month assisting students in reading, math and study skills.
 The IST is a state-mandated program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade who are at academic risk because of learning skills problems, lack of life skills competencies or behavioral problems.
 The program seeks to keep these students in the regular program of classes at their school. Previously, these students were often placed in special education classes when that might not have been necessary.
 To promote participation in the IST program, Columbia has created a release time policy for employees to serve during the work day, with the approval of their supervisors.
 Lois Porter, principal of Rochester Elementary, stressed the positive impact that the gas company employees will have as part of the IST.
 "Education is everyone's business. I am so pleased to be forming this partnership with Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. This can only lead to improved opportunities and benefits for all involved," Porter said.
 "Educational efforts are important to our children because these students face heightened global competition and the need for increased skills in the workplace," Porter added.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The media is invited to visit the IST in action and photographs are permitted. Please contact Rosemary Martinelli at Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, at 412-344-9800, and she will coordinate with school officials and news deadlines./
 /CONTACT: Dorothea Cody of Rochester Elementary School, 412-775-7502, or Rosemary Martinelli of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, 412-344-9800 (answers 24 hours)/


CO: Rochester Area School District; Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania;
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