clearTXT Launches Ubiquity to Facilitate Daily Campus Communication Across Multiple Devices

Cary, NC, May 22, 2007–clearTXT, a leading provider of information delivery platforms for colleges and universities, today announced the launch of Ubiquity, the latest product in its portfolio.

Ubiquity allows college administrators to take a multi-channel approach when communicating with students, staff and faculty. The system sends messages via email, text, ticker window on desktop, instant message and pop-up desktop alert (for both PC and Mac). In addition, individuals are able to customize the solution to meet their specific needs and determine how they want to receive information such as campus-wide messages, class assignments, calendar events, and student government news.

"Ubiquity ensures that students, faculty and administrators receive the information they want, the way they want, wherever they are, regardless of the device," stated Doug Kaufman, CEO and founder, clearTXT. "This type of personalization is key for user adoption across campuses. As students use clearTXT, they recognize its value and it becomes an integral part of their daily lives."

Additional features of Ubiquity include:

? Acts as a standalone product or integrates with e-learning systems such as Blackboard.

?Platform is managed through an intuitive user interface via a web-browser. There are no mobile software applications to download or install.

?Allows for robust list segmentation and social networking. Users can create communication groups and send messages exclusively to people in these communities. Administrators can create distribution lists by gender, class year, dormitory, etc.

?Ability to send messages immediately or schedule a delivery day and time.

?Ability to receive third party information via RSS feeds (such as alerts from the National Weather Service).

?Fully hosted solution that does not require institutions of higher learning to hire additional personnel or execute IT infrastructure changes.

clearTXT currently provides over 70 educational organizations with distributed information delivery systems, including the University of Cincinnati, Seton Hall and the University of Memphis. Its Product Advisory Board, which is comprised of educational technology leaders, provided pivotal feedback on the development of Ubiquity.

"One of the best ways to reach students now is via their ubiquitous connectivity device, the cell phone, and a rapidly growing medium, text messaging. clearTXT is at the forefront of this technology movement with products and services which help campuses move quickly and effectively into this new space," said Fred Siff, vice president and chief information officer, University of Cincinnati. "Having been a clearTXT client for over two years, the University of Cincinnati appreciates the way in which clearTXT listens to both the customer and other leaders in this complex technology. This new product is the result of that direct communication and adds even more power and flexibility to the product line."

About clearTXT

Founded in 2003, clearTXT is a leading provider of information delivery platforms for colleges and universities. clearTXT was created by an academic solely to provide communication solutions to the academic community. Its Ubiquity product enables a multi-channel approach for campus communications by sending messages via email, text message, ticker desktop window, instant message and pop-up desktop alert (both PC and Mac). For more information, visit www.cleartxt.com or call 1-866-472-1901 (toll free).

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Change MAC Address In Seconds!

Beijing, China (April, 2007)–Paqtool.com Software announces the release of A-MAC Change Address, a program for the Windows operating system. With A-MAC Change Address you can quickly alter any MAC address in just seconds. A-MAC Change Address works under all versions of Windows.

A-MAC Change Address offers a wide range of features including scanning a range of IP address to find the proper MAC address, the ability to export scan results to at TXT or CSV comma-delimited file, and the ability to work with all network cards that run under Windows.
A-MAC Change Address can be used to spoof the MAC address of your previous network card in conjunction with your new network card. The program does not change the MAC address permanently and supports reverting to the original, physical MAC address. In addition, A-MAC Change Address also supports changing the MAC search speed, checking the legality of the IP range, and makes sure you use the proper network card.

System requirements

A-MAC Change Address will run under Windows 95, 98, ME, and Windows XP, Vista. It also supports Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and 2003. It requires 8MB of RAM and 1.0MB of free hard disk space.

Availability

A-MAC Change Address is available for $19.95 from the Paqtool.com Software Web site at http://amac.paqtool.com.

For more information on A-MAC Change Address or other products from Paqtool.com Software, visit the company?s Web site at http://www.paqtool.com

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Rapidly Increasing Number of U.S. Schools, Districts Turn to GenevaLogic for Classroom Management Software

PORTLAND, Ore., & LANGENTHAL, Switzerland – May 22, 2007 – When school districts, such as Indianapolis Public Schools and Florida?s Brevard County Schools, are looking for ways to help teachers integrate technology into teaching, they are increasingly turning to classroom management software and are choosing Vision® from GenevaLogic because it is the easiest to use and most effective tool.

In fact, GenevaLogic is seeing rapid growth in the adoption of its classroom management software. In just the first quarter of 2007, the company?s U.S. sales increased by more than 50 percent over 2006.
"At GenevaLogic, we are committed to providing schools with comprehensive, easy-to-use and innovative classroom management software solutions so their teachers can use technology to improve student learning," said Kirk Greiner, chief executive officer, GenevaLogic. "The growth that we are seeing in the adoption of our solutions is further evidence that Vision is the leading classroom management software in the United States and many international markets as well."

For example, Indianapolis Public Schools, which serves more than 36,000 students in 80 schools, is in the process of standardizing on Vision . To do this, the district is purchasing Vision School Kits, an innovative purchasing option that allows districts to easily and cost-effectively offer their schools the classroom management software that best meets their needs. With the Vision School Kit, an entire school is equipped to manage classroom computer activity, guide student learning on computers and teach effectively with technology. The Vision School Kit includes school-wide licenses for Vision6; App-Control; Surf?Lock2; and Pointer? as well as the new Vision Teach-Pads , which puts the software?s most frequently used capabilities at a teacher?s fingertips. Online teacher training courses are also included with this package.

A district committed to using technology to enhance education, Indianapolis Public Schools has each classroom wired for Internet access.

"Our district wants to ensure that educators have access to the resources and support they need to offer students the kinds of learning experiences that will prepare them for today?s global digital environment," said Jeff McMahon, academic technology officer. "With GenevaLogic?s classroom management software, we are maximizing our investment in hardware, software and Internet access, by putting a powerful tool for using technology to engage students in learning in our teachers? hands."

Other districts are choosing GenevaLogic?s classroom management software to support particular instructional programs. After using Vision in a number of classrooms, Brevard County School District in Florida, one of the 50 largest U.S. school districts, recently purchased site licenses to extend the use of Vision, Surf-Lock and App-Control to 10 of its high schools with career and technical education programs.

At the core of GenevaLogic?s classroom management solution is Vision6, the newest version of GenevaLogic?s easy-to-use classroom management software that allows teachers to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support instruction. First launched in 1996, Vision is currently used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide.

Vision6 is enhanced by App-Control, Surf?Lock2 and other plug-ins that extend its functionality to meet each school?s unique needs. App-Control allows teachers to keep the whole class learning together by remotely launching applications, sharing documents and managing access to applications on all student computers. Using Surf?Lock2, teachers turn browsing on or off from their computer with a single click, allow students access only to selected Web sites that support instruction, and stop or limit Web browsing instantly for a single student or the entire class.

Complete information about GenevaLogic?s classroom management software solutions and purchasing options is available at www.GenevaLogic.com or by calling 866-725-7833.

About GenevaLogic
GenevaLogic (www.GenevaLogic.com) has one passion: enabling educators to manage, control and optimize the use of technology to support teaching and learning. Founded in 1996, with headquarters in Langenthal, Switzerland, and Portland, Ore., the privately held company is an international leader in active teaching systems whose Vision classroom management software is used in more than 50,000 classrooms worldwide. The company?s education software solutions – Vision, App-Control, Surf-Lock, Pointer, Plan-It, Protect-On, Print-Limit? and Print-Limit Pro – allow schools, universities and training centers to get more learning value from their technology investments. For more information, visit www.GenevaLogic.com .

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UK to probe health risks of school Wi-Fi

Thisislondon.com.uk reports that Britain’s top watchdog, the Health Protection Agency, has called for an inquiry into the use of wireless networks in schools over concerns that they could expose children to cancer risks. This demand came after it was revealed that classroom “wi-fi” give off three times the radiation of a typical cellular phone mast…

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23397364-details/The+classroom+/

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Contest helps boost math, science skills

Boston.com reports that the Global Challenge is a Vermont-based contest aimed at improving American high school students’ math and science skills. During the school year, 58 teams of American students coupled with students from China, India, and Japan tackled technological solutions to global warming by chatting online, dividing jobs based on skill, consulting advisors, and writing a professional business plan. The idea for the contest came to management consultant Craig DeLuca two years ago, as one of his clients planned to outsource design and manufacturing. DeLuca believed he needed to do something to give American students a shot in the global economy. So, he launched the contest in Vermont. Last fall, the contest received a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and was expanded worldwide…

http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2007/05/20/contest_helps_boost_math_science_skills/

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Schools fall short in preparing for emergencies

When it comes to preparing for emergencies, the nation’s schools could be getting better grades, a new report says.

While most school districts have plans for dealing with emergencies such as terrorist attacks, hurricanes, or flu pandemics, those plans often fall short of what is needed, according to an analysis by the congressional Government Accountability Office (GAO).

For example, about half of school districts don’t have plans for continuing to educate students in the event of a lengthy school closure; school districts generally are not working with first responders or other community officials on how to implement emergency plans; 28 percent of school districts with emergency plans do not have specific provisions for evacuating students with disabilities in an emergency; and two-thirds of districts reported a lack of expertise and equipment, such as two-way radios and adequate locks for school buildings, as impediments to emergency planning.

Cornelia Ashby, director of education issues for the GAO, summarized the agency’s findings for the House Homeland Security Committee on May 17.

Holly Kuzmich, deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), said the department requires school districts to certify that they have emergency-management plans before they can get grants under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities program. But Kuzmich acknowledged the department doesn’t assess the quality of those emergency plans.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said he intends to change that. "I assure you that we will tighten that part of the requirement up, so there is some review of whatever is submitted," he said.

As school leaders look to shore up their emergency plans, a recent addition to eSchool News Online can help: Earlier this year, eSchool News and the International Society for Technology in Education teamed up to launch the SAFE (School Actions For Emergencies) Center, an organic online resource that includes "best-of-breed" examples of planning documents covering key types of disasters and emergencies.

Under the "Emergencies" tab of the SAFE Center, you’ll find links to resources grouped by disaster type; click on "Shootings," for example, and you’ll have access to dozens of materials to help you prepare or react. These include links to the National Education Association’s "Crisis Communication Guide & Toolkit," along with the U.S. Department of Education’s emergency-planning web site. In addition, there are links to model school crisis management plans from the California and Virginia education departments.

The "Shootings" section is just one of more than a dozen resource areas in the SAFE Center. Other sections help school leaders plan for emergencies such as bomb threats, terrorist attacks, and pandemics, as well as natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and floods.

At the May 17 House committee hearing, lawmakers also criticized the Bush administration for planning to cut a program that provides grants to districts to keep schools free of drugs and violence.

The administration wants to cut the Safe and Drug-Free Schools grant program from $300 million to about $100 million and wants to give the money to states to dole out, rather than directly to districts, Kuzmich said.

Lawmakers and witnesses also criticized the quality of data available on school violence.

Generally, such information comes from surveys of principals and students rather than from actual crime data such as police reports, said Ken Trump, a consultant on school safety issues.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., is pushing legislation that would require federal education officials to collect data on crimes that occur at schools from law-enforcement officials. The information then would have to be passed along to states.

"If we don’t have correct data up to date, we don’t know what schools are actually violent," McCarthy said.

Trump said the 2002 No Child Left Behind law has placed so much pressure on school administrators to boost academic scores that school safety issues have been relegated to the back burner.

The education law includes a provision that allows students in schools labeled "persistently dangerous" to transfer to other schools. However, few schools ever get that designation. The largest state, California, has never had a single school labeled persistently dangerous.

Robert Sica, a special agent in charge at the Threat Assessment Center at the Homeland Security Department, said assailants usually tell other people about attacks before they occur and typically are planning violence in a misguided attempt to solve a problem.

"Despite all of our best efforts, we will never prevent every incident of targeted violence in schools, and I think we have to accept that," Sica said.

Links:

GAO Report on School Emergency Preparedness
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07821t.pdf

SAFE Center
http://www.eschoolnews.com/resources/reports/safe

U.S. Department of Education
http://www.ed.gov

ED’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/index.html

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University of Washington?s Classroom Support Services Standardizes with Barix IP Audio Encoding for Coursecasting Initiative

SEATTLE, May 21, 2007–Barix AG, a pioneer in IP-based audio, intercom and control/monitoring, today announced that University of Washington has deployed 24 Barix Instreamer IP audio encoding devices for its Coursecasting initiative. The university has equipped 24 classrooms in 13 campus buildings for audio-coursecasting, with plans to expand the project to all new lecture halls, standardizing on Barix products now and well into the future.

"There is simply no other product on the market that is as bulletproof as the Barix Instreamer," said David Aldrich, Assistant Director, Classroom Support Services, and Director of the Coursecasting Pilot Program at University of Washington. "We designed our automated Coursecasting model around the Instreamer after realizing we could stream directly to a capture server using this device. We liked the fact that the Instreamer had no moving parts and was less likely to fail compared to using computers for audio capture and streaming to a central server. Reliability is a big factor when designing a solution to be scalable. It didn?t hurt that the price point was conisderably lower than a computer and the associated installation costs."

One Instreamer is installed in each of the 24 classrooms and connected to a PA system, and captures, encodes and streams the audio to Classroom Support Services? central capture server. The server records the streams based upon a schedule and then processes the audio and uploads it to a Classroom Portal recordings page. The portal runs an RSS-capable blogging software which students can use to access the recordings after they are successfully uploaded. (An example can be viewed at http://www.css.washington.edu/course in the Special Events section of the Classroom Portal.)

The University of Washington is the most recent higher education institution to announce its use of Barix products for automated classroom recording and Podcasting, following Purdue University, Mississippi State University and the University of Minnesota. Aldrich first became aware of Barix after reading about another university using a Barix Instreamer and Exstreamer (an IP audio decoder) combination to expand its hardwired recording system to additional buildings on campus. Aldrich, who is an evangelist for educational coursecasting, new media, and emerging technologies, believes the University of Washington was visionary in using Barix equipment to take educational technology to new places. This is just the latest New Media initiative explored by the university, which also launched a popular on-demand video pilot around the same time as the Coursecasting pilot.

"The reality is we started Coursecasting as a practical response to a problem," he said. "The library was devoting equipment and valuable real estate for students to listen to class lectures recorded on cassettes and then transferred to an enormous audio distribution system. Not only did that system have a big footprint, but it was also inconvenient for students because of access issues. The library is not always open and if you miss classes due to illness, you have a lot of catch up work to do. The Coursecasting initiative using the Barix Instreamer addresses these issues and gives students anywhere/anytime access to lecture recordings. If podcast downloads are any indication of students? desires to consume educational material outside the traditional classroom, then I believe there is a great demand. We logged 110,000 lecture downloads between October 2005 and March 2007."

The Instreamers are normally installed in the PA system rack, located in the projection booth at the back of each classroom. The Instreamer?s line input is connected to the audio output of the PA system, using a single cable and sometimes a small distribution amplifier. The Instreamers then connect directly to the campus network, pointed to the server. The university streams at the lowest encoding quality to keep the recorded files small and manageable and to reduce network congestion. Aldrich added that the produced files are small enough for students and allow them to clearly hear and interpret the recorded content.

Classroom Support Services does not monitor the recording process but has developed a Web tool to alert them of a power loss or network connectivity issue, and are pleased with the audio quality of the Instreamer recordings. "We have never had a recording fail because of an Instreamer failure," said Aldrich. "Our podcast recordings are lectures and you have to think of them as live performances. Whatever the PA system hears is what the end user will hear, and the results are generally very good. The only massaging done is trimming the beginning and end of the recording to address playback issues on some MP3 players, and some additional re-encoding to reduce the file size."

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)

Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Glendale Community College Selects Regent Financial Aid Module

Frederick, MD, May 21, 2007 – Regent Education, the leading provider of financial aid management software solutions for higher education institutions, today announced that Glendale Community College has selected Regent Enterprise as their financial aid management solution for deployment across their campuses. Glendale selected Regent as the financial aid module to be integrated with their ERP application.

"We chose to upgrade to Regent Enterprise because of Regent?s outstanding customer service coupled with its extensive experience within the California community college system, making Regent an ideal match for Glendale," said Patricia Hurley, Glendale?s Associate Dean and Director of Financial Aid. "Regent Enterprise will further streamline our processes and help us tremendously with ever-changing compliance issues as we manage over $18 million per year in financial aid scholarships and grants."

Located in Glendale, CA, Glendale Community College has a college-credit enrollment of about 15,000 day and evening students, and approximately 10,000 others are reached through the adult education program, specialized job training programs such as JTPA and GAIN, and contract instruction administered by the Professional Development Center. Glendale is joining other California institutions that have selected Regent, such as Allan Hancock College, Feather River College, Mendocino Community College, Monterey Peninsula College, Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College, and Santa Rosa Junior College.

"The key for me when choosing a software solution is affordability and return on investment," said Dave Roswell, Glendale?s Dean of Information & Technology. "Regent is able to provide us with a solution that can be implemented and launched quickly and won?t be a big drag on our IT staff. Other solutions require a lot of time dealing with consultants and that results in high implementation costs."

With nearly 30 years of Higher Education knowledge and experience, Regent offers the market?s first, best-of-breed financial aid software solution that is 100% Web-based, developed on open standards architecture and designed to interoperate seamlessly with any ERP system. Regent?s strategic solutions are enabling higher education institutions across America to achieve enrollment, compliance and student access goals.

"Financial aid is an extremely complex regulated business process. Regent Enterprise automates this process in an easy to implement, easy-to-use package," said Mike Ratti, Regent?s CEO. "We are very excited to welcome Glendale into the Regent family."

About Regent® –

Regent is a leading provider of financial aid management software solutions for higher education institutions. Its highly functional, affordable, off-the-shelf solutions are designed to interoperate with and enhance existing ERP systems, while enabling institutions to realize a positive, quantifiable ROI in the same fiscal period they are deployed. Regent automates key processes such as packaging, awarding, tracking and disbursements. Built with financial aid offices in mind, Regent enables users to gain access to actionable information, anytime and anywhere. Regent Education is located at: 4650 Wedgewood Blvd., Suite 104, Frederick, MD, 21703. Telephone: (800) 639-0927. Web site: www.regenteducation.com. For more information, email press@regenteducation.com.

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100 of the Deadliest Days for Teens Begin When the School Year Ends

NORTHBROOK, Ill. (May 21, 2007) – Bright sunny days and carefree summer vacations often can create a false sense of security for teen drivers. Yet summer has a dark side for many teens, as statistics show the summer months are the worst for teen automobile fatalities (1). Automobile crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the U.S. with nearly 6,000 teens killed every year (2) and more than 300,000 injured (3). This tragedy is compounded by the fact that many crashes are preventable. Driver error, speeding and distractions are the main causes of teen crashes (4), and seemingly simple activities such as switching radio stations or interacting with friends can significantly impair a teen´s ability to react quickly to changing traffic conditions.

May has been designated National Youth Traffic Safety Month to raise awareness about these issues among teenagers and parents alike. Allstate is partnering with Discovery Education and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) on two initiatives designed to create a dialogue about safe driving and ultimately reduce the number of automobile crashes involving teens.

"Drive It Right: Talking to Teens about Safe Driving" was created by Discovery and Allstate as a comprehensive educational program designed to urge teens to understand, discuss and identify safe driving solutions. The program´s DVD provides very candid and hard-hitting real-life stories behind the accident statistics. Approximately 19,500 U.S. high school principals recently received the "Drive It Right" DVD and resource guide to help their students stay safe while driving this summer.

In addition, Discovery Education will pre-empt its Emmy-award winning Assignment Discovery program the week of May 28 to air the "Drive It Right" video. (Assignment Discovery airs on the Discovery Channel every school day of the year, and content can be recorded and used in classrooms for up to one year.)

"The summer months are when young drivers are at most risk, and with events such as graduation and prom in the coming weeks, it´s vital for teens and their parents to be aware of the dangers," said George Ruebenson, president of Allstate Protection, Allstate Insurance Company. "Allstate is committed to promoting safe driving and our hope is that the ´Drive It Right´ resource guide and DVD, which is narrated by teens for teens, will engage students in discussion and underscore the importance of safe and responsible driving."

"We are proud to have partnered with Allstate on the development of this powerful and timely resource for each and every high school," said Bill Goodwyn, president of Domestic Distribution and Enterprises, Discovery Communications, Inc. "We´re asking entire communities to get involved and screen the DVD at safe driving events before the school year ends, with the goal of bringing everyone back safely in the fall."

The "Drive It Right" Web site, www.discoveryschool.com/100days, is designed for educators and offers all resource materials in downloadable form, video clips, resources for parents and a feedback area to share strategies from teachers around the country who are working to spread the word about teen safe driving.

Rewarding Local Commitment to Teen Safe Driving

Allstate also is working with National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) to sponsor awards for 2007 National Youth Traffic Safety Month community projects. Local Allstate agencies will present 50 awards of $1,000 to teens or organizations in their community for developing exceptional National Youth Traffic Safety Month programs. Youth organizations can learn more and apply for a grant by visiting www.NOYS.org. The application deadline is May 31.

"National Organizations for Youth Safety is honored to work with Allstate to endorse the ´Drive It Right´ materials, and we appreciate the leadership Allstate has shown in encouraging and rewarding youth leaders who are creating National Youth Traffic Safety Month projects in their communities," said Sandy Spavone, executive director, National Organizations for Youth Safety.

Help for the Parents

Parents also need to play a large role in developing their teen´s safe driving behaviors. According to The Allstate Foundation, although parents acknowledge that they must play a significant role in preparing their teens to drive, many delay safe driving conversations with their teens until shortly before licensure. Parents also understand they are role models on the road, yet their driving behaviors send the wrong message. For example, 71 percent admit to talking on a cell phone while driving with their teens, and 26 percent say they have broken the law with their teens in the car (5).

Parents can request a copy of the "Drive It Right" DVD from their local Allstate® agent or visit www.Allstate.com/teen for tips on how to talk to their teens about this issue and engage their community to create a culture of safe driving. To help parents further, Allstate has created a Parent-Teen Driving Contract, which features the key areas for discussion and agreement to ensure a safer drive for teens. The Parent-Teen Driving Contract also is available from local Allstate® agencies or www.Allstate.com/teen. Additionally, Allstate® Your Choice Auto Insurance can reward safe drivers through its Safe Driver BonusSM, providing a financial incentive for parents for every six months of accident-free driving. And, if an accident does occur, rates won´t increase for those with Accident Forgiveness as part of Your Choice Auto®.

Teen Road Realities:

– A majority of teens admit to risky driving behaviors (6)

– Fifty-six percent make and answer phone calls while driving (7)

– Fifty-five percent exceed the speed limit by more than 10 mph (8)

– The area of the human brain that controls multitasking, impulse control and the ability to envision consequences – areas crucial for driving – is still developing well into an individual´s 20s (9)

– Talking on a cell phone increases the likelihood of an accident by four times and slows the average person´s reaction time to that of a 70-year-old (10)

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation´s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You´re In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan, Allstate helps individuals in approximately 17 million households protect what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow through approximately 14,800 exclusive agencies and financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada. Customers can access Allstate products and services such as auto insurance and homeowners insurance through Allstate agencies, or in select states at allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. Encompass® and Deerbrook® Insurance brand property and casualty products are sold exclusively through independent agents. The Allstate Financial Group provides life insurance, supplemental accident and health insurance, annuity, banking and retirement products designed for individual, institutional and worksite customers that are distributed through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, financial institutions and broker-dealers.

About the Allstate Foundation

The Allstate Foundation is an independent, private, non-profit organization funded by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Since 1952, the Foundation has developed and funded programs in communities across the United States. Today, the Foundation focuses on three areas: safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion and diversity; and economic empowerment.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is a division of Discovery Communications, the leading global real-world and knowledge-based media company. The leader in digital video-based learning, Discovery Education produces and distributes high-quality digital video content in easy-to-use formats, in all core-curricular subject areas. Discovery Education is committed to creating scientifically proven, standards-based digital resources for teachers, students, and parents that make a positive impact on student learning. Through strategic partnerships with public television stations across the country, its public service initiatives, products, and joint business ventures, Discovery Education helps educators around the world harness the power of broadband and media to connect their students to a world of learning. For more information, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

About National Organizations for Youth Safety

National Organizations for Youth Safety? (NOYS) is a coalition of national organizations and federal agencies who serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. Through this coalition, NOYS influences more than 80 million young people and their adult advisors. The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth.

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