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REMINDER/Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographers Work with Local 7th and 8th Graders on National Education Assignment
    --(BUSINESS WIRE)--

   Kick-off Event for Washington Mutual's "Home of the Free" Program
                    at Navy Pier on September 16th

    WHAT:

For the next month, Chicago middle-school students and teachers will be canvassing their communities in search of the perfect image of public service. It's all part of the "Home of the Free" program, a student photojournalism project in conjunction with Pulitzer Prize-winner David Hume Kennerly, the New-York Historical Society, Washington Mutual and Canon Camera.

    WHO:

    --  David Hume Kennerly, National Program Chair, Pulitzer
        Prize-winning Photojournalist

    --  Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalists, John White (Chicago
        Co-chair) and Carol Guzy (National Co-Chair)

    --  Broadcast Anchor, Antonio Mora of CBS in Chicago

    --  Students and teachers from area middle-schools

    --  Representatives from Washington Mutual, the Chicago Historical
        Society and Canon Camera

    WHEN:

    Tuesday, September 16, 11:00am - 2:30pm

    WHERE:

    Navy Pier
    600 East Grand Avenue

    About Home of the Free

Launched last year in the New York-New Jersey region, the Home of the Free program gives seventh and eighth grade students an assignment to document the daily activities of civil servants, community leaders and government officials in their communities. Armed with brand new Canon G2 digital cameras and the advice and guidance of experienced, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists, student teams compete for recognition as the best student photographers in their city -- and nationwide. This year, Washington Mutual's Home of the Free program will include students in Denver and Chicago, while expanding in the New York-New Jersey region.

The public schools were chosen based on the percentage of students receiving free or subsidized lunches and their proximity to a Washington Mutual Financial Center. The curriculum was developed by the New-York Historical Society. For more information on "Home of the Free" visit our web site at www.wamuhomeofthefree.com.

Program Schedule (September - December, 2003)

The Home of the Free program will kick-off in Chicago on September 16. Regional judging events will take place in October, and the regional exhibit opening and reception will take place on November 12. The student trip to the national exhibition in Washington, D.C. will take place in June, 2004.

WHY:

Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM) is committed to working with schools and teachers believing that investing in education pays big returns in the health and success of the communities it serves. WaMu's involvement with education began with a small student program in 1923 and has grown to a national initiative designed to improve the performance of K-12 public schools. WaMu gives millions of dollars a year to fund the professional development of teachers.


    CONTACT: Home of the Free
             Amy Bonetti, 415-384-0900
             amy@wamuhomeofthefree.com
             or
             Washington Mutual
             Derek Aney, 646-521-3327
             derek.aney@wamu.net

    SOURCE: Washington Mutual