All Aboard For A Better Future For Florida Children
Take Stock in Children Express Begins Tour to Recruit Mentors,
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Children, mentors, key legislators and prominent business leaders from sponsoring companies will be on board a special CSX Transportation train as it pulls out of Jacksonville Tuesday, February 24 on a 27 city tour that will challenge Florida to provide hope for children through education. The 12-car, 1,200 foot train will criss- cross the state until March 4 on a mission to invite citizens to help change the lives of deserving local youngsters by becoming mentors or contributing to scholarships in the Take Stock in Children program. The Take Stock in Children Express will definitely stand out in a crowd with the exterior of one car specially decorated in a whimsical, child's artwork motif _- effectively becoming an 80 foot long, 9 foot high moving billboard. This high visibility, fun effort will launch a 2-year campaign to add 4,000 children and 4,000 mentors _ tripling the size of the current, highly successful program. Eight of Florida's top companies have already answered the challenge and are leading the campaign: NationsBank, Publix Super Markets, Outback Steakhouse, Florida Power Corporation, CSX Transportation, the Florida Lottery, JM Family Enterprises, and Republic Industries. These companies not only provide scholarship funding, but volunteer mentors as well. Take Stock in Children is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership operating in 51 counties that profoundly changes the lives of low-income Florida children by providing four-year college scholarships (through the Florida Prepaid College Program) and vocational scholarships. It also gives the individual citizen the incredibly rewarding opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children. Scholarship recipients sign a contract with their parents and schools promising to make good grades, stay in school -_ off drugs -_ and out of trouble, and meet weekly with a mentor. Sponsoring and/or mentoring a local child is as easy as calling 800-TAKE-STOCK (825-3786). The public can learn more about the program from brochures available at NationsBank locations and Publix Supermarkets. Individuals can make contributions at any NationsBank. Take Stock in Children is one of the nation's largest mentor recruitment and youth scholarship programs. In just two years, the program has provided more than 2,000 scholarships with a remarkable 97% success rate. It is modeled after the Pinellas County "Doorways" program, which is still active today. Take Stock became a statewide effort in 1996. Complete information, releases and itinerary can be found on line at: http://www.bottary.com and http://www.takestockinchildren.com
SOURCE Take Stock in Children
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