Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Celebrities and Local Communities Join Forces With General Mills to Advocate Education

Box Tops for Education Brand Manager Tommy Hillman, LifeLearn Associates President Dr. Jacquelyn Jackson Fleming, Spelman College President Dr. Beverly D. Tatum, famed comedian Steve Harvey, editor emeritus of Essence magazine Susan L. Taylor, TLC's Chilli, actress Tisha Campbell Martin, singer/song writer Monica, and General Mills Baking division President Anton Vincent at the Box Tops for Education Town Hall at Morehouse in Atlanta Georgia.

ATLANTA - On March 16, 2012, almost 1500 guests gathered for the Box Tops for Education Town Hall event hosted by Steve Harvey at Morehouse College to engage in a critical conversation around the importance of a solid primary education for our nation’s children, while encouraging each other to become more involved in that effort as parents and as a community.

The town hall attracted a diverse panel of education experts and celebrity moms for the discussion, which was moderated by National Cares Mentoring founder Susan L. Taylor. These celebrities and key stakeholders, including LifeLearn President Dr. Jacquelyn Jackson Fleming; Spelman College President Beverly D. Tatum; actress Tisha Campbell Martin; Grammy Award winning artist Chilli from girl group TLC; and Grammy Award winning singer-song writer Monica all attended the event because they know the critical importance of education.

Taylor assured the guests that this Town Hall was something different. “Believe me, this was a call to action for all of us,” said Taylor. “What we had was a lively discussion about our children’s development and about what we must do as parents, teachers and responsible members of the community to ensure that our young ones are self-sustaining contributors to their families and community in ways that matter most. All of this starts with pre-school and a strong primary education.”

Steve Harvey and Susan L. Taylor

Panelists spent time talking about their own experience with education, taking care of their children and wanting the best for their communities. Discussion was then opened up to the audience to ask their questions to the panelists about education.

“It was inspiring to see that so many people shared the passion that General Mills has around education,” said the president of General Mills’ Baking division Anton Vincent. “Every person who attended the town hall was there because they wanted to make a difference. We, at General Mills, are eager to give communities the tools to do just that through the Box Tops for Education program. Supporting our youth is a collective effort, and General Mills is proud to be a part of that.”

Actress Tisha Campbell Martin, TLC's Chilli, singer/song writer Monica

Jean Childs Young Middle School Band

Box Tops for Education is a program that started in response to the growing number of schools experiencing financial difficulty. It offers an easy way to earn cash for schools in your community by purchasing participating products, clipping the coupons and turning them in for cash. The cash can in turn be used for whatever the school needs.

To learn more about Box Tops for Education visit www.btfe.com.

Source: Press release