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March 2014 


We're thrilled to announce these recent honors for Diplomas Now!


The Annual CLASSY Awards


Diplomas Now is a CLASSY Award Top 5 Nominee in the Education Quality & Completion category. Programs in this category are focused on keeping students in school and ensuring a high quality of education. Diplomas Now joins four other organizations nominated in this category. Read more on the CLASSY Awards site


This year marks the fifth Annual CLASSY Awards, the largest social impact awards show in the United States. The awards recognize champions of social progress and were created in 2010 by StayClassy, an online fundraising site for nonprofits. One of the five organizations nominated in each category will be selected as winner May 2 and 3 at the awards ceremony.


Road Map Project Awards


Congratulations to the Diplomas Now team at Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle for winning a Special Recognition Award in the inaugural Road Map Project Awards Program. The Road Map Project is a community effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle.  


Aki Kurose was recognized at an awards ceremony on March 4 for its work on advancing equity and closing the opportunity gap, foundational tenets of the Awards Program. The Seattle Times covered the ceremony; read the article here


A panel of 15 judges scored each of the 21 finalists in the areas of Results/Impact Achieved, Use of Data for Improvement and Parent/Community Engagement and Collaboration. The judges are made up of regional and national experts in areas of the education continuum from cradle to career. The scores were used to determine a few special recognition awards announced during the ceremony on March 4.


Students from the Cardozo Education Campus in DC Visit the White House




Cardozo Education Campus students Michael Carter, Michael Cruz-Benitez, Deavin Judd and Elron Russell visited the White House for the launch of President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative aimed at benefiting young men of color. These four students had a private tour of the White House's East Wing along with about 12 other boys. The Cardozo students worked closely with Communities In Schools to organize the visit.






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