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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

        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.


    --  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


CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206/377-3635
Ventura Park Elementary School
Bill Roberts, 503/256-6508