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|For Immediate Release Contact:||William Reinhard, MSDE, 410.767.0486; cell: 443.670.7072 or|
Alisha Martin, Comcast, 410.513.3155; cell: 443.418.1353
|THIRD ANNUAL COMCAST PARENT INVOLVEMENT MATTERS AWARDS SEMIFINALISTS NAMED|
|STATEWIDE WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MAY 6|
|BALTIMORE, MD (March 18, 2010)
State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick and Comcast today announced the 24 semifinalists for the 2010 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards.
A collaboration between Comcast and the Maryland State Department of Education, the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards is the nation’s first statewide initiative of its kind, recognizing parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education. Parents are nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impact in their education communities.
The 2010 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards will be presented in a special celebration on Thursday, May 6 at Loch Raven High School in Towson. Five finalists and a statewide winner, selected from the 24 semifinalists named today, will be announced at the award ceremony.
“Even in the third year of this award, I am completely in awe of what parents across our state are capable of achieving within schools and the school system. And we, as a Department, have greatly benefited from the innovative and inspiring work these parents are doing,” said Dr. Grasmick. “This could only have happened through our partnership with Comcast.”
“Comcast is committed to our local communities and to supporting strong and enriching initiatives in education,” said Fred Graffam, regional senior vice president for Comcast. “Parents play an instrumental role in our schools, and we’re proud to work with the Maryland State Department of Education to recognize them for all they do to advance public education on a day to day basis.”
The Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards program recognizes parents from local school systems across the state of Maryland, nominated for their contribution in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement: Communication, Volunteering, Learning, Decision Making, and Community Collaboration.
Many of the past two years’ semifinalists have become parent involvement advocates on the statewide level, serving as members of task forces, presenters at statewide meetings, and participants in education events, including Bobby Wells, Somerset County 2009 semifinalist, who was appointed to the Somerset Board of Education by Governor Martin O’Malley. Mr. Wells attributes his recognition as a Comcast Parent Matters Award winner as key to his appointment.
2010 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards Semifinalists
Parkside Elementary School, Allegany County Public Schools
Annapolis Middle/Bates Middle Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
The Midtown Academy, Baltimore City Public School System
Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen
Cromwell Valley Elementary School, Baltimore County Public Schools
Beach Elementary School, Calvert County Public Schools
Ridgely Elementary School, Caroline County Public Schools
New Windsor Middle School, Carroll County Public Schools
Bay View Elementary School, Cecil County Public Schools
Dr. Higdon Elementary School, Charles County Public Schools
Cambridge-South Dorcester High School, Dorchester County Public Schools
Frederick County Public Schools
Friendsville Elementary School, Garrett County Public Schools
Havre de Grace Middle School, Harford County Public Schools
Atholton High School, Howard County Public Schools
Chestertown Middle School, Kent County Public Schools
Shady Grove Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
Laurel Elementary School, Prince George's County Public Schools
Sudlersville Elementary School, Queen Anne's County Public Schools
Greenview Knolls Elementary School, Saint Mary's County Public Schools
Greenwood Elementary School, Somerset County Public Schools
St. Michaels Elementary School, Talbot County Public Schools
Hickory Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools
Glen Avenue School, Wicomico County Public Schools
Pokomoke Middle School, Worcester County Public Schools
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