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For Immediate Release:
June 23, 2008

Amber Moore (703) 276-2772, ext. 17
Robin Scullin, (202) 222-2345

Florida State Senator Receives
National 2008 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award

Frederica S. Wilson Will Be Honored June 23rd at 7p.m. in Naples

Washington, D.C. – Senator Frederica S. Wilson, Minority Leader Pro Tempore of the Florida Senate, will be honored with a prestigious Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award for creating and implementing innovative ways to educate students and for making a substantial contribution to learning in the state of Florida.

Wilson, the only state-level policymaker receiving an award this year, is among the 14 national winners for the 2008 awards. “In these difficult economic times, many youth are challenged to stay on the right path, away from drugs and in school,” said Senator Wilson. “We need to help assume responsibility for the at-risk youngsters in our community, who often do not have parents or positive role models in their lives. We believe the entire community must be involved in the process of changing the direction of our youth.”

Comcast and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry’s education foundation, present the awards annually in order to recognize outstanding educators, administrators, policymakers and other community leaders at the forefront of innovation in education.

Wilson will be recognized during the 43rd annual meeting of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association on Monday, June 23rd. The award will be presented to her by Doug Levin, senior director of education policy, Cable in the Classroom, during the Chairman’s Banquet beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

“This year’s winners have exhibited an impressive ability to expand the classroom and educational opportunities for students around the country and the world,” said Doug Levin, senior education policy director for Cable in the Classroom. “Cable in the Classroom and the entire cable industry are inspired and honored to be supporting these educators and community leaders as they work to provide a first-class education.”

Raedell Coogler and Jessica Fredericks, teachers from Haines City, and Dr. Cheryl R. Seals, an administrator from Fort Walton Beach, were also honored with 2008 Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards. They were in Washington, D.C., June 16-19, to attend a gala awards ceremony, learn from fellow awardees and meet with members of Congress and cable and education leaders.

“We congratulate Wilson for being named as a Cable’s Leaders in Learning Award honoree and for her extraordinary contribution to education in our community,” said Filemon Lopez, sr. vice president, Comcast’s South Florida Region. “We are strong believers in supporting the communities we live and work in. Along with Cable in Classroom, Comcast is honored to recognize those who are working to help students better understand our world through new and innovative programs.”

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Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry’s education foundation, works to expand and enhance learning for children and youth. Created in 1989 to help schools take advantage of educational cable programming and technology, CIC has become a leading national advocate for media literacy education and for the use of technology and media for learning, as well as a valuable resource of educational cable content and services for policymakers, educators and industry leaders.