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Ogilvy PR Adds Education Reform Client to Roster

National Education Group Lands Work with Education for the 21st Century (e21)

Sacramento, CA, November 7, 2002 — Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide today announced the addition of e21 to its education client roster. E21 is a comprehensive high school reform effort shared jointly by the Sacramento City Unified School District and LEED (Linking Education and Economic Development) Sacramento, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating partnerships between education, employers, government and the community.

Touted as one of the nation’s most comprehensive school reform efforts of its kind, the five-year process breaks up the District’s nine high schools into “small learning communities” as a means of helping students succeed at higher rates, and putting them on the path to college, career and citizenship. Ogilvy PR was hired to develop the communication strategy that will engage parents, students, teachers, community members, business leaders, and elected officials around project implementation.

“This is an exciting effort with the potential to become a national model in school reform,” said Alicia Ritter, national education group head and a managing director in Ogilvy PR’s Sacramento office.

“Ogilvy PR was chosen because of their depth of expertise in community engagement, particularly with diverse populations,” noted Ted Fujimoto, co-CEO of the e21 reform team. “They understand that systemic change requires that affected communities become active participants in the process.”

E21 is funded in large part by the New York-based Carnegie Corporation as part of their $40 million Schools for a New Society initiative which seeks to improve the nation’s urban high schools. Sacramento was but one of seven school districts chosen nationally in October 2001 to receive the multi-year foundation support. Other foundations, as well as private and corporate donations, and the District will provide the locally-required match of funds.

Ogilvy PR’s National Education Group is comprised of communications experts from across the U.S. Network designed to work with education institutions and companies who want to do business with education. The Education Group brings together expertise in social marketing, distance learning, college financing and student lending, and education policy. Education Group clients include the California Center for Teaching Careers, READ California, TIAA-CREF, MasterCard, the University of Illinois Medical Center, Sun Microsystems (educational services), and the National Job Shadow Coalition.

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