Hundreds of City and Suburban Youth to Join Hands in Celebration of the Power Of Partnership

A Human Bridge, 200 Students Strong Will Span the Symbolic

Cultural Divide to Mark the PARTNERS Program 10th Anniversary



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from PARTNERS Program, a University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of

    PHILADELPHIA, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- They will
 come from many different backgrounds, races, ethnicities and neighborhoods.
 But when more than 1,800 students from city and suburban schools throughout
 Greater Philadelphia come together it won't be to focus on how they are
 different, but rather to celebrate what they have in common.
     They are all participants in the PARTNERS Program, a University of
 Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education initiative that pairs students in
 first through eighth-grade classes from Philadelphia public schools with their
 suburban school counterparts.  The PARTNERS Program celebrates its
 10th Anniversary with commemorative events this week.
     To mark this important milestone, the PARTNERS Program is hosting a gala
 on Thursday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Wanamaker Building's
 Crystal Tea Room, which will honor Philadelphia Eagles executive vice
 president/chief operating officer Joe Banner.  Banner will be recognized for
 his extensive community service, volunteer work with severely ill children in
 the Boston Children's Hospital and the education and empowerment of local
 youth.  Members of the Philadelphia Eagles organization including coach Andy
 Reid will also attend.
     Delivering the keynote address will be one of the nation's foremost
 experts on race relations and racial identity formation, Beverly Daniel Tatum,
 Ph.D., dean of Mount Holyoke College and the author of numerous books on race
 relations, such as "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the
 Cafeteria?" and "Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community."
 Awards will be presented to PARTNERS teachers, and students will perform a
 specially written song for the occasion with the help of the musical group
 Two-of-a-Kind.
     Sharmaine Matlock-Turner, executive director of Greater Philadelphia Urban
 Affairs Coalition will emcee.  The celebration continues on Friday, April 27,
 with a 10:00 a.m. concert at St. Joseph's University Fieldhouse, featuring
 Sangmele, the multicultural acoustic quartet, and Two-of-A-Kind, a
 husband/wife children's music duo.
     More than 1,800 students, teachers, and other PARTNERS participants are
 expected to attend.  Kathy O'Connell popular host of WXPN's syndicated show
 "Kids Corner, " will host the concert.  Immediately following the concert, a
 culturally diverse group of more than 200 students will proceed to the City
 Avenue Bridge, where they will join hands to form a "human bridge" over the
 symbolic cultural divide.  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.
     "We are thrilled with the progress the PARTNERS Program has made over the
 past decade in helping students from different parts of our region to
 understand the challenges of each other's worlds," said Dr. Linda Hansell,
 founder and executive director of the PARTNERS Program.  "This human bridge is
 the students' way of demonstrating their commitment to understanding,
 respecting and living in cooperation with people of all backgrounds and
 cultures.  We are also thrilled to honor Joe Banner, a person who serves as an
 inspiration for all of us, and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a pioneer in the
 field of race relations."
     "With all of our upcoming events," Hansell continued, "we are excited to
 share our celebration -- and the encouragement that it brings -- with other
 students, parents and teachers throughout the Greater Philadelphia region."
     Since 1991, the PARTNERS Program has brought together nearly 12,000
 children from elementary and middle schools throughout the region.  Linking
 children in city schools with those in suburban schools, the program
 encourages students to share activities, ideas, teachers and friendships.
 They learn to see the world from each other's perspective and to gain the
 skills they need to thrive in an increasingly diverse world.  The program's
 goal is to reduce isolation, enhance race relations and promote the
 development of cultural competence.
 
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    PHILADELPHIA, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- They will
 come from many different backgrounds, races, ethnicities and neighborhoods.
 But when more than 1,800 students from city and suburban schools throughout
 Greater Philadelphia come together it won't be to focus on how they are
 different, but rather to celebrate what they have in common.
     They are all participants in the PARTNERS Program, a University of
 Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education initiative that pairs students in
 first through eighth-grade classes from Philadelphia public schools with their
 suburban school counterparts.  The PARTNERS Program celebrates its
 10th Anniversary with commemorative events this week.
     To mark this important milestone, the PARTNERS Program is hosting a gala
 on Thursday, April 26, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Wanamaker Building's
 Crystal Tea Room, which will honor Philadelphia Eagles executive vice
 president/chief operating officer Joe Banner.  Banner will be recognized for
 his extensive community service, volunteer work with severely ill children in
 the Boston Children's Hospital and the education and empowerment of local
 youth.  Members of the Philadelphia Eagles organization including coach Andy
 Reid will also attend.
     Delivering the keynote address will be one of the nation's foremost
 experts on race relations and racial identity formation, Beverly Daniel Tatum,
 Ph.D., dean of Mount Holyoke College and the author of numerous books on race
 relations, such as "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the
 Cafeteria?" and "Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community."
 Awards will be presented to PARTNERS teachers, and students will perform a
 specially written song for the occasion with the help of the musical group
 Two-of-a-Kind.
     Sharmaine Matlock-Turner, executive director of Greater Philadelphia Urban
 Affairs Coalition will emcee.  The celebration continues on Friday, April 27,
 with a 10:00 a.m. concert at St. Joseph's University Fieldhouse, featuring
 Sangmele, the multicultural acoustic quartet, and Two-of-A-Kind, a
 husband/wife children's music duo.
     More than 1,800 students, teachers, and other PARTNERS participants are
 expected to attend.  Kathy O'Connell popular host of WXPN's syndicated show
 "Kids Corner, " will host the concert.  Immediately following the concert, a
 culturally diverse group of more than 200 students will proceed to the City
 Avenue Bridge, where they will join hands to form a "human bridge" over the
 symbolic cultural divide.  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.
     "We are thrilled with the progress the PARTNERS Program has made over the
 past decade in helping students from different parts of our region to
 understand the challenges of each other's worlds," said Dr. Linda Hansell,
 founder and executive director of the PARTNERS Program.  "This human bridge is
 the students' way of demonstrating their commitment to understanding,
 respecting and living in cooperation with people of all backgrounds and
 cultures.  We are also thrilled to honor Joe Banner, a person who serves as an
 inspiration for all of us, and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a pioneer in the
 field of race relations."
     "With all of our upcoming events," Hansell continued, "we are excited to
 share our celebration -- and the encouragement that it brings -- with other
 students, parents and teachers throughout the Greater Philadelphia region."
     Since 1991, the PARTNERS Program has brought together nearly 12,000
 children from elementary and middle schools throughout the region.  Linking
 children in city schools with those in suburban schools, the program
 encourages students to share activities, ideas, teachers and friendships.
 They learn to see the world from each other's perspective and to gain the
 skills they need to thrive in an increasingly diverse world.  The program's
 goal is to reduce isolation, enhance race relations and promote the
 development of cultural competence.
 
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