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JUNE 1, 1999  6:00 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Stand for Children
Laura Faer of Stand for Children, 202-234-0095 ext.124
1,700 Communities Across America Take a Stand for Children
 
WASHINGTON - Nearly 1 million people across America will unite on and around Tuesday, June 1, for the fourth annual Stand For Children Day.

In an effort to get every child "Ready to Learn, Ready to Succeed," more than 1,700 volunteer-led events in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Guam will highlight the urgent need to improve children's education in and out of the classroom and make immediate improvements in children's lives.

Stand For Children Day '99: Ready to Learn, Ready to Succeed will also join people all over the world via a "Cyber-Stand For Children" on the Stand For Children Web site (www.stand.org). On June 1, Yahoo! will provide front page exposure on its main Web site (www.yahoo.com) for Cyber-Stand For Children to encourage people worldwide to get involved in improving children's lives.

For Stand For Children Day '99 communities across America are organizing rallies, marches, parades, after-school center and school renovations, literacy drives, and a variety of other events to raise awareness about children's education, child care, out-of-school time, and health needs and increase support for local, state, and national measures to support children.

Events include:

-- In Minneapolis, on June 5 over 10,000 people are expected to attend the "Ready to Learn, Ready to Succeed in the 21st Century" Festival and Rally.

-- In Philadelphia, on June 1 over 7,000 people are expected to attend the Stand For Children Day "Ready To Read, Ready to Succeed" Reading and Literacy Festival at which over 5,000 books will be donated to children.

-- In Washington D.C., June 1 parents and community members will join together for a Violent Toy Trade-In and Rally at the Washington Monument. Scholastic Books will donate free books to any child who turns in a violent toy.

"Stand For Children Day lets people from across America deliver a message to their leaders that every child deserves the opportunity and support necessary to succeed," said Jonah Edelman, Stand For Children Executive Director.

Stand For Children Day '99 is made possible with support from Yahoo! Inc., Silicon Graphics Inc., Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Latina, Scholastic Inc., and Freddie Mac Foundation. Scholastic has donated 15,000 books to be distributed at events nationwide.

Stand For Children began in 1996 with the first Stand For Children Day which drew more than 300,000 people to the Lincoln Memorial in the largest demonstration of commitment to children in U.S. history. In 1997, over 700 events nationwide highlighted children's health care needs. In 1998, over 1,200 events highlighted the need to improve accessibility, affordability, and quality of child care in America.

Stand For Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national membership organization building a powerful citizen voice in local communities to give all children the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated and safe. Stand for Children is an affiliate of the Children's Defense Fund with Stand for Children Chapters working nationwide on hundreds of initiatives for children.

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