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Communities In Schools of Auburn receives $20,000 grant from Safeco Insurance Foundation

Two years ago, the Safeco Insurance Foundation launched an education initiative with the auspicious goal of improving educational achievement and opportunities for youth in Washington and Oregon.

Today, through its $20,000 grant to Communities In Schools of Auburn – one of 32 grants totaling $770,000 – the philanthropic foundation of Safeco Insurance took a step closer to achieving that goal.

"We are very excited to receive this grant," said Joanne Seng, chairperson for the Communities In Schools of Auburn Board of Directors. "We intend to use these much-needed dollars for tutoring programs and to help students in need at Terminal Park and Gildo Rey elementary schools. We know that surrounding students with caring adult support helps them stay in school and achieve in life."

Since the inception of the foundation's education initiative in 2009, more than $2 million has been donated to programs in local communities across the Northwest that expand academic opportunities and highlight the path to further education for low-income and limited-English proficient students.

"The Safeco Insurance Foundation gives priority to educational programs that encourage disadvantaged youth to excel academically and create opportunities for life-long success through learning," said Paul Hollie, the foundation's director. "Safeco believes that investing in education is an investment in our community at large."

This year's grants are expected to positively impact an estimated 10,000 young people. A full list of recipients can be found on the Safeco Insurance Foundation website.

About Communities In Schools of Auburn

CISA helps students in need throughout Auburn and has school tutoring programs at four elementary and three middle schools.

In 2010-2011:

• 5,983 students in need received support. Of those students, 324 participated in a weekend feeding program in partnership with the food bank, 311 benefited from direct purchases and all 5,983 benefited from $75,000 in clothing, school supplies, books and other in kind donations.

• 338 students received tutoring support and homework assistance. Eighty-eight percent of the participating students showed academic improvement.

• 134 volunteers logged 5,097 hours.

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For more information about Safeco Insurance, visit www.Safeco.com.

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