Durham Public Education Network Awards IBM

Dave Benevides Receives Prestigious Josephine Clement Award

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - 25 Feb 2004: The Durham Public Education Network (DPEN) presented the Josephine Dobbs Clement Award for Exemplary Community Leadership today to David E.Benevides, IBM Corporate Community Relations Regional Director and Mary Ann Black, Associate Vice President for Community Affairs for the Duke University Health System.

The award recognizes individuals who have made an impact on improving public education in Durham.

"This award is a tribute to the commitment of the IBM Corporation to systemic educational improvement and the thousands of IBM employees who volunteered - and continue to volunteer -- in the Durham Public Schools," said Benevides. "Through efforts such as Reinventing Education and IBM On Demand Community, we have formed a lasting partnership that is directly benefiting the children of Durham."

During the 2002-2003 school year, 45 schools in the Durham Public School System met or exceeded NC accountability goals. The schools turned in their highest performance ever in reading, writing and mathematics on NC end-of-grade tests.

IBM Investment in Durham Public Schools
In 1997, the Durham Public School System received an $875,000 IBM Reinventing Education grant that provided equipment and technical support for establishing online communications among teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Since the initial grant, additional investments have been made that assist teachers in online development of lesson plans and other technology applications and training.

In November 2003, IBM launched "On Demand Community," a new corporate initiative that supports and encourages volunteerism in schools and community agencies by providing employees with valuable technology assets they can share - for free- where they volunteer. This initiative has so far attracted more than 11,000 IBM employees, including more than 600 in the Triangle Area.

The global scale of this initiative makes it a new paradigm when it comes to effective volunteerism. IBMers from Raleigh to Durham to Cary to Charlotte to New York City, London, Argentina and Japan -- indeed anywhere IBM does business -- now have access to the same tools and resources, with the potential to provide the same impact to their local schools and charitable organizations.

The Josephine Dobbs Clement Award is named for a former Durham community and civil rights leader. The award is given to individuals who are "change agents" and who personify Mrs. Clement's spirit and dedication to the improvement of public education, development of leadership for public schools, and encouragement of Durham's diverse community to support schools.

Past winners of the award are: Scott T. Gardner (1995); John H. Lucas Jr. (1996); Edgar D. Murphy III (1998); Mary D. Holderness (199); Julius L. Chambers (2000) and Nannerl O. Keohane (2000); Dr. LeRoy T. Walker (2002); John Burness (2002); Dr. Phail Wynn (2002); Dr. Joan D. Barber (2003); and William A. Shore (2003).


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