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ADVISORY/Local Student Photography Featured Alongside Work of Pulitzer Prize-Winners at the Colorado History Museum

    -- David Hume Kennerly Lends Inspiration to Local Middle School
            Students as part of "Home of the Free" Student
                      Photojournalism Project --

WHAT:    For the past month, Denver middle-school students and
         teachers have been canvassing their communities in search of
         the perfect image of public service. It's all part of
         Washington Mutual's "Home of the Free" program, a student
         photojournalism project in conjunction with Pulitzer
         Prize-winner David Hume Kennerly.

         From over 400 photographs submitted, a panel of judges --
         themselves respected directors of photography, photos
         editors, and photographers -- selected the 60 photographs
         they felt best depicted public servants at work. These photos
         will be featured at the Colorado History Museum from
         November 14 - May 5, 2003.

WHO:     -- David Hume Kennerly, National Program Chair, Pulitzer
            Prize-winning Photojournalist
         -- Pulitzer Prize-winning Photojournalists from the Rocky
            Mountain News (Denver Co-chairs) and Carol Guzy (National
         -- Students and teachers from area middle-schools
         -- Representatives from Washington Mutual, the Colorado
            History Museum and Canon Camera
         -- Community public servants and photo subjects

WHAT:    Exhibit Opening and Reception

WHEN:    Thursday, November 13th
         6:00 - 9:00pm

WHERE:   Colorado History Museum
         1300 Broadway

ABOUT:   Launched last year in the New York-New Jersey region, the
         Home of the Free program gives 7th and 8th 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
         metropolitan areas, 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" or view the
         photographs online, visit the web site at

WHY:     Washington Mutual 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
             Washington Mutual
             Joe Arbona, 713-543-6714

    SOURCE: Washington Mutual