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AARP Legacy Award Celebrates Seaford High School for Innovation in Education

WILMINGTON, Del., April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of AARP's 50th Anniversary and to recognize the outstanding educational achievements in public high schools throughout the nation, AARP today announced the winners of The Ethel Percy Andrus Legacy Awards. AARP has donated more than $1 million nationally to support educational programs which have demonstrated a commitment to connect generations and foster greater civic engagement among students and their communities.

In Delaware, the 2008 award is presented to Seaford High School in Sussex County for its Advanced Placement Incentive Program, which has enhanced student achievement and contributed to an improved environment for the students, school and community. During the 2006-2007 school year, there were 55 instances of minority students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes with one student scoring a three and two fours on three AP classes during her sophomore year.

At Seaford Middle School, there were four sections of Algebra I with 34 minority students enrolled and one section of Algebra II with five minority students enrolled. The minority students in this program outscored their classmates in every content area at all tested grade levels on the Delaware Student Testing Program. The school's AP Incentive Program has resulted in an expansion of the number of high school AP classes from four to a dozen and dramatically increased the number of minority students as well as students overall who take AP classes.

AARP was founded 50 years ago by Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired teacher and principal from California. "Dr. Andrus was a champion for all generations who believed, as we do today, that the generations are connected by a strong commitment to values, community and service," said AARP Delaware state director Lucretia Young. "This award not only pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Andrus, but also underscores our continued intergenerational commitment to recognize and encourage educational achievements in communities throughout the first state. Congratulations to Seaford School!"

Public high schools in all U.S. states and territories were eligible to compete for $10,000 awards honoring innovative programs. In total, AARP received nearly 1,000 applications from public schools throughout the nation and granted an Innovation Award to one public high school in every US state including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Entries were judged by a blue ribbon panel of nationally known educators and civic leaders, including: Governor Gaston Caperton, President and CEO, the College Board and former governor of West Virginia; Dr. James (Jim) Kielsmeier, President and CEO, National Youth Leadership Council; Dr. Joyce Payne, AARP Board Member and former Vice President of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; Maria Tukeva, National award winning principal, Bell Multicultural Senior High School, Washington, DC; and Neal Wolin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Property and Casualty Company, The Hartford.

Additional information about AARP's 50th Anniversary is available at .

Visit AARP's Delaware state office at


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50 + educators; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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