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AARP to Give Legacy Awards for Public High School Community Programs

AARP (www.aarp.org) has announced the creation of the Ethel Percy Andrus Legacy Awards, aimed at high school civic engagement. The award honors AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a pioneer in public school education. The $100,000 award will be given to a public high school (grades 8-12) in cities that have been selected as focal points for AARP’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The cities are Chicago, Houston, Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. The prize will be awarded to a school in each of these cities in recognition of a public high school program that has either fostered greater intergenerational understanding or enhanced civic engagement between the school and its local community.

Public secondary school principals in the celebration cities are invited to submit descriptions of their programs that meet the Legacy Awards criteria. All entries must be submitted by the public high school principal or their designee who is currently overseeing the program. To be eligible, programs must have been in operation for at least two years. Applications and additional information can be found at AARP’s Web site. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2007.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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