Teacher EXCHANGE Named a Mutual of America 2013 Community Partnership Award Winner

Las Vegas Nonprofit Organization Repurposes Needed Resources and Supplies to Classrooms

Nov 21, 2013, 11:17 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Teacher EXCHANGE was named a Merit Finalist in the 2013 Community Partnership Award competition.

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Education Week recently reported that American teachers spent, on average, nearly $500 of their own money last academic year to provide items not adequately covered by their school districts.

In 2002, the Public Education Foundation of Las Vegas established the Teacher EXCHANGE, a green initiative to bring much-needed resources to Clark County School District (CCSD) classrooms while also helping the environment. A reuse/recycle center, the Teacher EXCHANGE collects books, office supplies, manufacturing and convention overruns and other surplus materials originally headed for landfills and distributes them to CCSD teachers for use in the classroom. The Teacher EXCHANGE has repurposed approximately two million pounds of material and distributed about $10 million of classroom resources.

"As budget cutbacks continue, teachers are increasingly expected to spin straw into gold," said Judi Steele, President and CEO of The Public Education Foundation. "The Teacher EXCHANGE provides a tangible reminder that they are valued members of the community."

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award
The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 180 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit mutualofamerica.com/cpa.

"All of the 2013 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America
Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit mutualofamerica.com.

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