Tuesday, August 10, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- New ERAA Back to School Conference, Rally is Aug. 21

Reporters and editors: The following is for the New ERAA event coming up
this Saturday. Please contact Lettice Johnson for any information as her
organization is sponsoring this event; San Diego Unified is a participant
and supporter.


Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lettice Johnson
Pazzaz, Inc. (619) 264-6870 LJ@pazzaz.org

New ERAA Back to School Conference, Rally for Education and Festival to
Distribute FREE Backpacks and School Supplies

San Diego County¹s largest back- to-school conference to be held Aug 21

San Diego, CA ­ (August 21, 2010) PAZZAZ and New ERAA is hosting its 13th
Annual New ERAA (Everybody Recommitting to Academic Achievement) Back to
School Conference, Rally for Education and Festival at Lincoln High School
on Saturday, August 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event is used
as a vehicle to educate parents, prepare students for school and college and
provide needy families with FREE backpacks donated by Office Depot
Foundation, including school supplies donated by the Cox Kids Foundation and
Bridgepoint Education.

³The conference began with 100 kids and families to an expected 3,000 this
year,² said Zoneice Jones, president and co-founder of PAZZAZ, Inc. and New
ERAA. ³With the support of the San Diego Unified School District, Office
Depot Foundation and the New ERAA Planning Committee, last year we passed
out backpacks loaded with school supplies to more than 2,000 children. We
hope this number continues to grow as we prepare families for a successful
school year.²

This is the sixth consecutive year that the Office Depot Foundation has
donated backpacks for the New ERAA event. ³The Office Depot Foundation is
proud to support PAZZAZ and the New ERAA Back to School Conference and
Festival by donating backpacks once again this year,² states Foundation
President Mary Wong. ³Parents and teachers alike tell us that these
backpacks truly help children to build self-confidence, boost self-esteem
and achieve greater success in the classroom ­ all as a result of being
properly prepared for school. We are pleased to know that we can help to
make a difference in San Diego."

For the second year, the backpacks will include much-needed school supplies
donated by the Cox Kids Foundation and Bridgepoint Education. The Cox Kids
Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications that provides
funding for organizations and programs that benefit San Diego youths and
their families.

This all-day event is for parents and students kindergarten through 12th
grade. Conference attendees will participate in educational workshops
addressing issues concerning college admission, school preparation, and
healthy eating among others, followed by a Rally for Education including a
festival with live entertainment, FREE food, career counseling, health
screenings and more. Conference registration begins at 7:00 a.m. followed by
the festival at
1:00 p.m. Admission is FREE. To pre-register, please call PAZZAZ at (619)
264-6870 or visit www.pazzaz.org

Co-Founded by PAZZAZ, Inc and the Center for Parent Involvement in Education
(CPIE), the New ERAA committee is a volunteer-base collaboration supported
by 30 organizations. This community-wide initiative involves churches,
businesses, and individuals including City Councilman Tony Young, San Diego
School Board Trustee Shelia Jackson, and the San Diego Unified School
District working to provide children with tools needed to succeed in school.

PAZZAZ, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the future
prospects of youth and families through customized academic and
self-development programs. PAZZAZ provides a variety of programs to bridge
the learning gap within under-served communities such as tutoring, homework
assistance, family counseling, classroom support and college preparation.
For more information, visit www.pazzaz.org <http://www.pazzaz.org/> .

About the Office Depot Foundation
The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation (tax exempt under
IRC Sec. 501(c)(3)) that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of
Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, Listen Learn Care®, the
Foundation supports a variety of programs that help children succeed in
school and in life; enable civil society (non-profit) organizations to
become more efficient and effective; help people and businesses prepare for
disasters, then recover and rebuild afterwards; strengthen local communities
through grants, product donations and volunteerism; and encourage community
development through entrepreneurship and economic innovation. For more
information, visit www.officedepotfoundation.org
<http://www.officedepotfoundation.org> .


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