WASHINGTON – With an estimated $2.4 billion and 109 million volunteer hours contributed to schools by businesses each year, partnerships between schools and businesses have become one of the most effective ways for educators and business leaders to work together to boost achievement amid rising standards and declining school budgets.

Now, through the creation of the National School and Business Partnerships Award, the most successful efforts will become models of excellence to be emulated across the nation. Six exemplary partnership programs will be honored in the award’s inaugural year, and awardees will receive $10,000 for the school to support continued partnership efforts.

Applications, due Jan. 29, are available online at http://www.corpschoolpartners.org/award.shtml.

Partnerships involving kindergarten through 12th grade public schools and/or school districts and business are eligible.

Contact Southard Davis at 202-667-0901 or [email protected] for more information.

The awards are being offered by the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley and founded by the Coca-Cola Co. in 2001 to identify, create, recognize and support exemplary partnerships between businesses and schools. For more information, visit www.corpschoolpartners.org.

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