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For More Information, Contact: Stephanie Durham 214-750-4120 sdurham@cftexas.org

Media Advisory Groundbreaking Ceremony at Peak Preparatory features students, education officials and Senator Florence Shapiro Dallas – (October 1, 2007) Join the students of Peak Preparatory, the Board of Trustees of Uplift Education, School Board members of Peak Preparatory and Senator Florence Shapiro for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the school’s expansion. The development will add more than 40,000 square feet of space between October 2007 and July 2008, doubling its existing space and allowing it to serve up to 800 students. Learn what the expansion means to school leaders and the children that will benefit from it, through a range of events and opportunities for interaction. What: Peak Preparatory, an Uplift Education school and Texas High School Project grantee charter school, opened in the fall of 2004. Proving the strength of its outstanding, inquiry based curriculum, Peak Advantage Secondary received an EXEMPLARY rating from the Texas Education Agency in its first year, indicating that the students scored at or above 90 percent in all subjects. In addition to outstanding academics, the school offers a strong commitment to character development through its award-winning advisory program. Winner of the Character Coalition Award out of more than 400 districts in Region 10, Peak Preparatory’s advisory program demonstrates a commitment to values and character principles. All Peak students are exposed to world languages and cultures, as well as an atmosphere of high expectations. When: The festivities begin Thursday, October 4, with campus tours from 10 to 11 a.m., a special ceremony at 11 a.m. and refreshments at 11:30 a.m. Where: Peak Preparatory, 4605 Live Oak St. at Annex St. in East Dallas. *** A unique public-private alliance, the Texas High School Project (THSP) is dedicated to ensuring that all Texas students graduate high school ready for college and career success and prepared to be contributing members of the community. The THSP focuses its efforts on high-need schools and districts statewide, with an emphasis on urban areas and the Texas-Mexico border. Public and private organizations in the THSP include the Texas Education Agency, the Governor's Office, the Texas Legislature, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas and National Instruments. THSP private philanthropic investments are managed by CFT. State and federal investments in Texas schools are managed by TEA.

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