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Media Advisory

Date: March 15, 2006
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952 or Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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County Executive Duncan to Join Montgomery College Benefactor Paul Peck
In Launching Program to Recognize Students for “Civic Engagement” Efforts

Friday, March 17, 2006
12:45 p.m.
Montgomery College
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Bliss Room, Commons Building
7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

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(Some parking will be reserved close to the building for media; see contact information above.)

Paul Peck, founder of the Paul Peck Institute for American Culture and Civic Engagement at Montgomery College, will be joined by Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and members of the college community in announcing a new program to recognize students who involve themselves in civic engagement activities.

Under an awards program supported by a donation from Mr. Peck to the Montgomery College Foundation, MC students will have the opportunity to earn either a Gold or Silver Civic Engagement Award for their work as volunteers or in minimally compensated roles, such as coordinating voter registration campaigns, serving as election judges, volunteering for non-profit organizations, working on political campaigns or awareness efforts, or through internships they perform in the public policy arena. Gold awards would go to students who complete at least 120 hours of involvement in civic engagement activities and include a monetary award of $150 each. Silver awards, for at least 60 hours of service, could earn students a monetary award of $75.

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