1,800 Multicultural Students to Celebrate PARTNERS Program 10th Anniversary With Concert and Formation of a `Human Bridge' Over the Cultural Divide

Joe Banner of the Philadelphia Eagles Will Also Receive the PARTNERS'

`Leadership Award' During The Non-Profit Organization's

10th Anniversary Dinner



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from PARTNERS Program

    PHILADELPHIA, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A culturally diverse group of
 1,800 students from 33 Philadelphia area city and suburban schools will join
 with their teachers and the staff of the PARTNERS Program of the University of
 Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education for a series of special events to
 commemorate PARTNERS 10th anniversary.  They include:
 
      -- The PARTNERS' 10th anniversary gala will honor Joe Banner,
         Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president.  He will receive the
         10th anniversary Leadership Award for his years of dedication to
         helping inner city youth.  Eagles coach Andy Reid will also attend.
         Noted author Beverly Daniel Tatum will be the keynote speaker, and
         will also receive a Leadership Award.  Students will perform an
         original song written in conjunction with the musical group Two-of-a-
         Kind.  Dr. Linda Hansell, PARTNERS founder, will present the awards
         and Sharmaine Matlock-Turner, executive director of the Greater
         Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition will serve as emcee.  The event
         will be held on Thursday, April 26, in the Crystal Tea Room, the
         Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA, 6:00 p.m. to
         8:30 p.m.
 
      -- A special anniversary concert will be held at St. Joseph's University
         Fieldhouse on Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  More than
         1,800 PARTNERS students will attend along with their teachers.  The
         concert begins at 10:00 a.m.; Kathy O'Connell popular host of WXPN's
         syndicated show "Kid's Corner," will host the concert which features
         performances by Sangmele and Two-of-a-Kind.
 
      -- Immediately following the concert, a culturally diverse group of more
         than 200 students each paired with their partner, will proceed to the
         City Avenue Bridge, where they will join hands to form a "human
         bridge" over the symbolic cultural divide.  The human bridge event
         will take place from approximately 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., on City
         Avenue (adjacent to Houlihan's Restaurant).
 
     The PARTNERS Program is an innovative urban-suburban school partnership
 that pairs first through eighth-grade classes from Philadelphia public schools
 with their suburban school counterparts.  The goal is to reduce isolation,
 enhance racial relations and promote the development of cultural competence
 among elementary and middle school students.
     Sponsors of the event include: Philadelphia Eagles, AND 1 Basketball,
 Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, Hess Foundation, Tasty Baking Company, City
 Avenue Special Services District, Amsterdam Foundation, Independence Blue
 Cross, and others.
 
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    PHILADELPHIA, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A culturally diverse group of
 1,800 students from 33 Philadelphia area city and suburban schools will join
 with their teachers and the staff of the PARTNERS Program of the University of
 Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education for a series of special events to
 commemorate PARTNERS 10th anniversary.  They include:
 
      -- The PARTNERS' 10th anniversary gala will honor Joe Banner,
         Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president.  He will receive the
         10th anniversary Leadership Award for his years of dedication to
         helping inner city youth.  Eagles coach Andy Reid will also attend.
         Noted author Beverly Daniel Tatum will be the keynote speaker, and
         will also receive a Leadership Award.  Students will perform an
         original song written in conjunction with the musical group Two-of-a-
         Kind.  Dr. Linda Hansell, PARTNERS founder, will present the awards
         and Sharmaine Matlock-Turner, executive director of the Greater
         Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition will serve as emcee.  The event
         will be held on Thursday, April 26, in the Crystal Tea Room, the
         Wanamaker Building, Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA, 6:00 p.m. to
         8:30 p.m.
 
      -- A special anniversary concert will be held at St. Joseph's University
         Fieldhouse on Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  More than
         1,800 PARTNERS students will attend along with their teachers.  The
         concert begins at 10:00 a.m.; Kathy O'Connell popular host of WXPN's
         syndicated show "Kid's Corner," will host the concert which features
         performances by Sangmele and Two-of-a-Kind.
 
      -- Immediately following the concert, a culturally diverse group of more
         than 200 students each paired with their partner, will proceed to the
         City Avenue Bridge, where they will join hands to form a "human
         bridge" over the symbolic cultural divide.  The human bridge event
         will take place from approximately 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., on City
         Avenue (adjacent to Houlihan's Restaurant).
 
     The PARTNERS Program is an innovative urban-suburban school partnership
 that pairs first through eighth-grade classes from Philadelphia public schools
 with their suburban school counterparts.  The goal is to reduce isolation,
 enhance racial relations and promote the development of cultural competence
 among elementary and middle school students.
     Sponsors of the event include: Philadelphia Eagles, AND 1 Basketball,
 Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley, Hess Foundation, Tasty Baking Company, City
 Avenue Special Services District, Amsterdam Foundation, Independence Blue
 Cross, and others.
 
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