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SIX SCHOOLS ARE WINNERS IN NATIONWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEST

 SIX SCHOOLS ARE WINNERS IN NATIONWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEST
 ADA, Mich., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Elementary and middle-school students at six schools have been chosen as winners in the first annual nationwide "Class Act" environmental contest sponsored by Amway Corp. and Newsweek magazine.
 The winning schools were selected from among 400 entries in the contest for students in grades four through eight. Jonesboro, Ark.'s West Side Elementary School will receive $25,000 as the grand-prize winner.
 Prizes of $5,000 also are being awarded to five runner-up entrants who exhibited the best and most original projects demonstrating outstanding devotion to the environment. Runner-up schools are The Mott Hall School, New York; Northern Hills Middle School in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Michigan Avenue Middle School, in Paw Paw, Mich.; Socastee Middle School, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Aspen Community School, Aspen, Colo.
 The Jonesboro entry was submitted by the class of Debbie Spencer for an environmental awareness project called "Mission Possible." The project for students and parents included an environmental coloring book, research about environmental problems and solutions, formation of an ecology club, a planned art project, guest speakers, a T-shirt sale to raise money to buy and plant trees, a letter-writing campaign, a rap song about the environment, and documentation of all activities in a video and a scrapbook.
 The entry from The Mott Hall School, in Harlem, N.Y., was submitted by the class of Robin Tinkler for her students' recycling program that consisted of recycling paper by hand and using the paper to create notecards, bookmarks and artwork.
 The entry of Northern Hills Middle School was submitted by the class of Joanne Bent. She and her students created an interactive computer disk designed to educate other students about environmental problems and provide practical solutions.
 The Paw Paw entry was submitted by the class of Suzanne Grabowski, whose students submitted original artwork and notecards to educate others about environmental problems. Proceeds from the sale of the notecards will be donated to the National Wildlife Foundation.
 The Myrtle Beach entry was submitted by the class of Tina Oshima. Students in her class spent time after school and during class gathering non-biodegradable bags and old scraps of materials to sew teddy bears, which were then distributed to needy children in the community.
 The Aspen entry was submitted by the students of Cammie Hull for her students' musical play produced and performed to educate students and parents about the need to protect animals.
 In addition to the money and other prizes awarded the schools in the name of the winning class, students in each class will be featured in Amway Corp. advertisements in Newsweek.
 The contest was announced in September 1991 in a four-page Amway advertisement in Newsweek as part of Amway's advertising campaign recognizing environmental efforts by students and other individuals. The campaign is part of Amway's overall program of promoting environmental awareness and education through several environmental sponsorships. Amway Corp. is the 1989 recipient of the United Nations Environment Programme Award of Achievement.
 Amway Corp., based in Ada, is one of the world's largest direct- selling companies. One million independent distributors in more than 50 countries and territories market 400 Amway products, another 5,000 brand-name products through Amway's PERSONAL SHOPPERS(R) Catalog, plus a variety of services and educational products.
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 /CONTACT: Elana Oberlander of Newsweek, 212-350-4858; or Marc Longstreet of Amway Corp., 616-676-7948/ CO: Amway Corp.; Newsweek ST: Michigan, New York IN: SU:


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