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					                                 Caddo Parish Public Schools
                        Creating World Class Schools for World Class Students

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2010
Contact: Tricia Grayson, Communications, 318.603.6339
Roy Murry, Security, 318.603.6490

   CPPS Awarded Funds to Improve Readiness and Emergency Response Plans
        Grant from US Department of Education Designed to Support Safe Schools

Shreveport, LA—Caddo Parish Public Schools (CPPS) will be able to improve and strengthen its
emergency management plans as a result of a more than $400,000 grant recently awarded by
the U.S. Department of Education. The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools
(REMS) discretionary grant program will enable the school district to improve plans that
address all four phases of emergency management: Prevention-Mitigation, Preparedness,
Response, and Recovery.
          “The fact is that no school can be a great school until it is a safe school first,” said U.S.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “These grants will support that effort.”
         “The overarching goal is to strengthen and enhance emergency management plans at
both the district and school-building levels, particularly through integration of systems, so that
staff is prepared to act in a real emergency,” said CPPS Director of Security Roy Murry.
         In addition to addressing the four phases of emergency management, Caddo schools’
Project E.M.S. (Emergency Management for Schools) will build on existing partnerships with
officials in law enforcement, local government, public safety, public health and mental health;
train school officials in emergency management; and provide a method for communicating
emergency and reunification procedures to parents and guardians. Project E.M.S supports the
implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and include plans
designed to prepare districts for infectious disease outbreaks and takes into consideration
district’s special needs populations. Grant funds will allow Caddo staff to better coordinate with
local emergency responders, including fire, police, and health and public health agencies;
conduct drills and exercises; purchase emergency supplies and equipment; and train staff and
students on emergency response procedures.
         The grants are housed within the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, which supports
efforts to create safe schools, respond to crises, prevent drug and alcohol abuse, ensure the
health and well being of students, and teach students good citizenship and character. The office
also coordinates the Department’s efforts in these areas with other federal agencies, including
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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                                Caddo Parish Public Schools
                       Creating World Class Schools for World Class Students


For Immediate Release
August 23, 2010
Contact: Tricia Grayson, Communications, 318.603.6339
Dr. Gerald Burrow, Ridgewood Middle School, 318.686.0383




                 Caddo Parish School Receives Dollar General Grant
                 Funds will enhance reading at Ridgewood Middle School

Shreveport, LA— Ridgewood Middle School content coach Suzanne Flores has received a
$3,000.00 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Program to promote reading this school year.

The program, entitled "Raider Reader Challenge," will involve community partners, donations
of time and money for local charities and increasing reading opportunities for our students.
This grant meets criteria directed toward community support of public education, encouraging
student reading skills and giving back to local charities.

“I commend Mrs. Flores for her work last year in obtaining a reading grant for Ridgewood and
receiving this new grant,” said Ridgewood principal Gerald Burrow, Ed.D. “Ridgewood's school
performance score increased by over three points this past spring and individuals like Mrs.
Flores--assets to our schools—contribute directly to that.”

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                                 Caddo Parish Public Schools
                        Creating World Class Schools for World Class Students

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2010
Contact: Tricia Grayson, Communications, 318.603.6339
Dr. Barzanna White, District School Psychologist, 603-6484



              CPPS Receives Springs Character Education Program Grant
                    Monies will fund K-ROCK Program for Kindergarteners

Shreveport, LA—Caddo Parish Public Schools (CPPS) has been awarded a $14,000 Sprint
Character Education Program grant for the 2010-2011 school year to fund K-ROCK
(Kindergarteners Respect Others through Cooperation and Kindness), the brainchild of District
Psychologist Dr. Barzanna White. The innovative program will utilize site-based behavior
intervention specialists to provide weekly character education lessons to kindergarten students
at eight low socio-economic schools.
        “Research shows us that an underlying cause of low student achievement in poverty
stricken neighborhoods may be students entering school with diminished academic skills,
minimal parent involvement and social and emotional dysfunction,” said Dr. White. “These
problems overwhelm the effectiveness of our educators when much of their time is spent
teaching pre-requisite skills necessary for school success before they can ever tackle
academics,” White added. “Character education programs and social programs, when
implemented with fidelity and integrity, show statistically significant reductions in referrals,
suspensions and expulsions and an increase in attendance and graduation rates.”
        K-ROCK will expand upon character education provided in Caddo schools over the last
several years through a partnership with the LSU Extension Service.

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