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Texaco Press Release - Texaco Foundation Joins U.S. Department of Education's Family-School

Program Designed to Boost Early Childhood Achievement


U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley looks on as Texaco Foundation President Anne T. Dowling enlists the Foundating in the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education.

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 18 - Texaco announced today that they have joined the U.S. Department of Education's Family-School Partnership (PFIE), an initiative that aims to strengthen schools and improve student achievement by increasing family involvement in children's learning at home and at school.

Anne Dowling, president of the Texaco Foundation, met with United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education on September 7, 2000 to enroll the Foundation in the Program.

According to U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley. "I am very pleased to see that the Texaco Foundation has joined the Partnership for Family Involvement in Education. They are joining over 6,000 other employers, community organizations, and faith-based groups who want to increase opportunities for families to be more involved in their children's learning at school and at home. The Texaco Foundation's emphasis on early childhood education will be an asset to the partnership's efforts and I am pleased to welcome them aboard."

In explaining the Foundation's enthusiasm to join the Partnership, Dowling said, "The Texaco Foundation is focused on providing educational opportunities in music and science and in sustaining educational achievement. Families are vital players in that process. We share the Partnership's enthusiasm for enriching opportunities for parents, businesses, and the community to become more involved in educating young people."

PFIE works at the local and national levels to provide parents with resources and training to support their children's learning, to encourage businesses to employ parent- and student-friendly practices, to organize community resources and facilities for before- and after-school learning activities, and to disseminate ideas and information about family-school partnerships. Members of the Partnership include businesses, community organizations, and religious groups.

The Texaco Foundation was established in 1979 under the sponsorship of Texaco, Inc. Demonstrating a longstanding commitment to foster equal educational opportunity for all children, the Foundation has established signature grant programs that strengthen childhood education in the areas of music education and scientific discovery.

Updated: September 2000