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When:   October 19, 2006 8:00am
Where:   A New York City Public School

PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1995 to galvanize and coordinate meaningful civic involvement in New York City public education to improve student achievement. Its flagship program, Principal For A Day, has paired thousands of New Yorkers from the private sector with the Cityís schools. This and other PENCIL programs have fostered hundreds of long-term partnerships with schools, generated millions of dollars worth of donations of cash, goods, and services for schools and school districts, and acted as a vehicle through which the Cityís private sector has advocated for educational reform. PENCILís programs serve as national and international models of private sector engagement in public education. To qualify as a Principal For A Day, individuals must have a demonstrated commitment to partnering with a public school; expertise and interests that can benefit a school community; and the ability to leverage professional and personal resources and networks to support a school-based partnership.

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