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November 01, 2012
For Immediate Release
Entergy Corporation and New Schools for New Orleans team up for 'Teachers Rock!' Appreciation event

Teachers receive classroom supplies as nearly $800,000 in donations announced

New Orleans, LA (October 30, 2012) – Teachers from more than 80 Orleans area schools gathered today at Rock N’ Bowl for Teachers Rock!, an appreciation party hosted by Entergy Corporation and New Schools for New Orleans. The event, hosted by Entergy and New Schools for New Orleans, treated nearly 300 educators to an evening of music, food and bowling and boxes of classroom supplies. Entergy New Orleans President and CEO Charles Rice also announced charitable donations from Entergy Corporation totaling almost $800,000 for schools and local educational nonprofits.

“As a longtime partner of education reform, we know that in addition to spending countless hours instructing students, teachers often make personal contributions to their classrooms and students,” said Rice. “Our goal today is to show our appreciation for educators by providing them with some much-needed classroom supplies.”

To support the efforts of New Orleans teachers, Entergy partnered with Educational Products, Inc. (EPI) to provide pens, scissors, hand sanitizer and other classroom essentials to distribute at Teachers Rock! EPI outfitted teachers with “Teachers Rock!” t-shirts at the event. In addition to receiving a box of school supplies, each teacher also received gift bags and entered to win prizes from Hotel Monteleone, Steamboat Natchez and Zea Rotisserie & Grill. The Saintsations joined in on the celebration with educators as they bowled a few frames.

“It’s so helpful this time of year to receive a box full of supplies from Entergy,” said Sam Battan, ReNEW Accelerated High School Faculty Member. “With all the donations they make, it’s clear that they not only support public education but also the teachers working everyday to educate our children.”

Since Hurricane Katrina, Entergy has been one of the area’s largest private donors to education reform, giving more than $8 million to fund education and fulfill its mission to be a force for improvement in public schools. The company’s charitable donations to schools and educational nonprofits in 2012 totaled nearly $800,000. Grantees included Teach for America; FirstLine Schools; City Year, Inc.; The Posse Foundation; KIPP New Orleans; A’s & Aces; Leading Educators, Inc. and Victories in Service Inc.

Rice also recognized improvements in education made throughout the city. In fact, the percent of failing schools declined from 83 percent before Hurricane Katrina to 52 percent in 2011 and 40 percent in 2012. Thanks to a commitment to improvement from the Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District, as well as financial support from partners like Entergy, the District Performance Score (DPS) for New Orleans schools has grown an astonishing 36.8 points, more than any other district in the state 1.

“At Entergy, we believe an essential element to healthy, thriving communities is creating an environment where every individual has access to quality education,” said Patty Riddlebarger, director of corporate social responsibility at Entergy Corporation. “We are pleased to partner with schools and organization throughout the city to support the teachers that invest in our children.”

Entergy is a longtime sponsor of organizations changing the landscape of New Orleans Public Schools, including Teach for America, City Year, KIPP Public Charter Schools, New Orleans College Prep Charter School and FirstLine Schools.

According to Educate Now! Reports available at educatenow.net

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and more than 15,000 employees.

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and developing the people, resources and environment necessary to achieve excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans. Founded in April 2006, NSNO is committed to making strategic investments of time, expertise and funding to support the growth of New Orleans’ high-performing system of charter schools. NSNO’s work to support continued student achievement gains citywide is focused on three objectives: serving the city as a strategic leader to maintain focus on academic excellence in a reform-friendly environment; supporting the expansion of high-performing charter schools to serve additional students in collaboration with the community; and, partnering with sustainable support organizations to ensure that the academic needs of schools are met as they continue to advance student learning.

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