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|ADVISORY/Washington Mutual to Present Portland Teacher & School With $5,000|
--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Mutual, (NYSE:WM)-- Debbie Butler & Ventura Park Elementary Winners in Washington Mutual's
"Give Teachers a High 5" Contest WHO/ Washington Mutual Financial Center Manager Lena Baszniak will WHAT: present Portland teacher Debbie Butler with $2,500 and an additional $2,500 for Debbie's school, Ventura Park Elementary. Debbie was a winner in Washington Mutual's "Give Teachers a High 5" contest. More than 100 winners from across the country were drawn for cash prizes totaling $500,000. WHEN: Monday, March 18 3:45 PM WHERE: Ventura Park Elementary School, 145 SE 117th in Portland School Library WHY: The "Give Teachers a High 5" contest is part of Washington Mutual's ongoing support for teachers and education. Professional development for teachers is increasingly considered a critical component for improving schools. HOW: Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 at financial centers nationwide, teachers could enter-to-win up to $5,000 for professional development opportunities, with Washington Mutual making a matching donation to the winning teacher's school. Washington Mutual employees nationwide could also nominate teachers and their schools for prize money. Winners were drawn on January 15, 2002. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION -- Suggested "professional development" opportunities include participating in workshops, conferences and higher education courses; professional coaching or program evaluation; purchase of reference materials, instructional guides and subscriptions to professional journals or similar publications; or support for research, planning and reflection. -- Last year, Washington Mutual's education giving totaled $12 million, with 50 percent of that dedicated to teachers specifically.