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BALTIMORE, MD (March 18, 2010)

State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick and Comcast today announced the 24 semifinalists for the 2010 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards.

A collaboration between Comcast and the Maryland State Department of Education, the Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards is the nation’s first statewide initiative of its kind, recognizing parents and legal guardians for their exceptional support of public education. Parents are nominated for demonstrating significant, positive impact in their education communities.

The 2010 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards will be presented in a special celebration on Thursday, May 6 at Loch Raven High School in Towson. Five finalists and a statewide winner, selected from the 24 semifinalists named today, will be announced at the award ceremony.

“Even in the third year of this award, I am completely in awe of what parents across our state are capable of achieving within schools and the school system. And we, as a Department, have greatly benefited from the innovative and inspiring work these parents are doing,” said Dr. Grasmick. “This could only have happened through our partnership with Comcast.”

“Comcast is committed to our local communities and to supporting strong and enriching initiatives in education,” said Fred Graffam, regional senior vice president for Comcast. “Parents play an instrumental role in our schools, and we’re proud to work with the Maryland State Department of Education to recognize them for all they do to advance public education on a day to day basis.”

The Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards program recognizes parents from local school systems across the state of Maryland, nominated for their contribution in one or more of the five areas of parental involvement: Communication, Volunteering, Learning, Decision Making, and Community Collaboration.

Many of the past two years’ semifinalists have become parent involvement advocates on the statewide level, serving as members of task forces, presenters at statewide meetings, and participants in education events, including Bobby Wells, Somerset County 2009 semifinalist, who was appointed to the Somerset Board of Education by Governor Martin O’Malley. Mr. Wells attributes his recognition as a Comcast Parent Matters Award winner as key to his appointment.

2010 Comcast Parent Involvement Matters Awards Semifinalists

John Holt
Parkside Elementary School, Allegany County Public Schools

Jeffrey Macris
Annapolis Middle/Bates Middle Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Donna Hager
The Midtown Academy, Baltimore City Public School System

Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen
Cromwell Valley Elementary School, Baltimore County Public Schools

Brian Dolan
Beach Elementary School, Calvert County Public Schools

Carol Cruikshank
Ridgely Elementary School, Caroline County Public Schools

Laura Graf
New Windsor Middle School, Carroll County Public Schools

Tara Price
Bay View Elementary School, Cecil County Public Schools

Julie Chapman
Dr. Higdon Elementary School, Charles County Public Schools

Gary Mills
Cambridge-South Dorcester High School, Dorchester County Public Schools

Janice Spiegel
Frederick County Public Schools

Emily Friend
Friendsville Elementary School, Garrett County Public Schools

Amanda Shaffer
Havre de Grace Middle School, Harford County Public Schools

Kayle Simon
Atholton High School, Howard County Public Schools

Sabine Harvey
Chestertown Middle School, Kent County Public Schools

Earle Barnes
Shady Grove Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools

Eileen Collins
Laurel Elementary School, Prince George's County Public Schools

Whitney Covington
Sudlersville Elementary School, Queen Anne's County Public Schools

Rachel Feddersen
Greenview Knolls Elementary School, Saint Mary's County Public Schools

Sue Hahn
Greenwood Elementary School, Somerset County Public Schools

Sharon Rieck
St. Michaels Elementary School, Talbot County Public Schools

Tina Carrazco
Hickory Elementary School, Washington County Public Schools

Lori Gilliss
Glen Avenue School, Wicomico County Public Schools

April Adams
Pokomoke Middle School, Worcester County Public Schools

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