WAKE COUNTY— The search is underway to identify the region’s most accomplished business partners who have made high quality public education a top priority for employees and their company. The Business Partner for Education Award is presented each year by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Wake Education Partnership to one large and one small business that have taken a leadership role in sustaining quality in the public schools.

Begun in 1998, the Business Partner for Education Award has been presented to some of the region’s most prominent large and small business including SAS, WakeMed, Progress Energy, BellSouth, GlaxoSmithKline and Wake Stone Corporation. The awards will be presented at the Partnership’s Annual Meeting on Oct. 12, from 7:30 –9:30 a.m. at the McKimmon Center. The 2006 Annual Meeting will include a tribute to the 30th anniversary of the merger of the Raleigh City and Wake County school systems into the Wake County Public School System.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 Business Partner for Education Award. Forms can be obtained at www.WakeEdPartnership.org or by contacting Fran Carruthers at (919) 821-7609 ext. 30 or fcarruthers@wakeedpartnership.org. Nominations must be received by Sept. 11, 2006.

As an independent public education advocacy organization, Wake Education Partnership links community resources to strengthen public schools and improve academic achievement for all students. Three strategic goals guide the Partnership’s intent to effect change and connect the community with its public schools: to provide leadership and professional development for teachers, principals and administrators; to foster community engagement that leads to action; and to conduct research and advocacy on fundamental education issues and needs. For more information about Wake Education Partnership, please visit www.WakeEdPartnership.org.

Wake Education Partnership is an independent local education fund that mobilizes resources, leverages relationships and convenes the community to ensure that Wake County prepares our students for lifelong learning in a competitive global economy. Since 1983, the Partnership has worked together with the business and civic community to build public responsibility for world-class schools in Wake County. Programs for 2006-07 focus on retaining effective teachers, developing effective education leaders, and ensuring healthy schools for all students. For more information, please visit www.WakeEdPartnership.org.