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The Union-Recorder

Communities In Schools of Milledgeville/Baldwin County (CISMBC), part of the national Communities In Schools network, recently announced the launch of GIVE Education, an inspiring new campaign developed to increase awareness of the student dropout crisis in Baldwin County and the U.S., and raise funds to help keep millions of students in school. 

Nationwide, every nine seconds of each school day, a young person drops out of high school in the U.S., and nearly one-third of high school students fail to graduate on time. GIVE Educationwill raise awareness and support of CISMBC, enabling it to continue channeling much-needed resources to Baldwin County students who are at greatest risk of dropping out.

 Consumers can take simple steps to help "School the Nation" — the rallying cry behind the campaign — and help keep kids in school through the redemption of GIVE Education brandSAVER coupons and the use of social media tools designed to support the cause and inspire others to do the same.

The GIVE Education brandSAVER will be distributed Sunday, July 31 across the country, with discounts for P&G products. For each brandSAVER coupon redeemed, P&G will donate two cents to Communities in Schools — allowing consumers to give back, while saving money. The P&G uncapped donation will help deliver human, financial and community resources to students and their families, including tutoring, mentoring, individual or family counseling, health services, food bank access, college visits and more.  The donation will be based on the number of coupons redeemed beginning July 31 — the more consumers save, the more they give.  

“Joining forces with Communities In Schools allows us to support the incredibly important work they do in empowering students to learn and thrive,” said Jim Leish, P&G North America, director of U.S. Operations. “By focusing our social investments on improving life for children and youth, P&G and our brands are able to focus our attention on an area that is critically important, now and for generations to come.”

 Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates. Of the monitored students that participated in the program nationwide, 97 percent remained in school and 91 percent were promoted to the next grade. Communities In Schools of Milledgeville/Baldwin County (CISMBC) celebrated a very successful first year in Baldwin County Schools last year, initiating A Student Parent Initiative Revitalizing Education(ASPIRE) program at the Early Learning Center and placing a site coordinator in Oak Hill Middle School.  By connecting local at-risk students and their families to community resources, CISMBC served more than 1,500 students and their families during the 2010-2011 school year

 “By investing time and resources in our students, we increase the likelihood that they will make positive life choices, succeed academically and finish school prepared to achieve in life,” said Sandy Baxter, executive director, Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County. “P&G and the GIVE Education campaign are enabling Communities In Schools to touch and impact even more of our nation’s at-risk youth, making students’ dreams a reality.”

 In order to help spread the word about GIVE Education and the availability of coupons that can help others, visit GIVE Education on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pgmygive. Consumers can share content to encourage friends and family to learn more about the dropout crisis, and inspire others to get involved. Newspapers carrying the GIVE Education brandSAVER can be found by visiting www.pgeverydaysolutions.com. To learn more about the Baldwin County and national dropout crisis, visit www.milledgeville.communitiesinschools.org or www.communitiesinschools.org.


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