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Wake schools group launches fund drive

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Wake Education Partnership aims to raise at least $850,000 in its annual campaign to raise money to support Wake County public schools.

Cynthia Marshall, president of AT&T North Carolina, will chair the 2008-09 campaign.

“Public education literally saved my life,” Marshall says in a statement. “My teachers, my principals, my counselors didn’t care that I was poor or that I lived in the housing projects,” she says. “They just saw someone they thought could…go on to be a state president for one of the world’s largest companies.”

Marshall, a Cary resident, began her career with Pacific Bell in 1981 when the company was a regional phone service provider.

After serving in a variety of positions, she was picked to oversee North Carolina’s AT&T operations in 2007.

She was named campaign chairwoman at the partnership’s annual meeting, attended by more than 600 business leaders, educators and elected officials.

RBC Bank, MeadWestvaco, Lifetouch, the Goodnight Educational Foundation and AT&T already have made contributions to the campaign.

The Wake Education Partnership was founded in 1983 to boost community involvement in improving area schools. Its main goals are retaining effective teachers, developing leadership and guaranteeing a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

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