--(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
WHERE: Ventura Park Elementary School, 145 SE 117th in Portland
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
||Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot, 206/377-3635
||Ventura Park Elementary School
||Bill Roberts, 503/256-6508