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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF 90 INTERNATIONAL CORPORATE CEOs ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. COLLECTIVELY WE HAVE FED OVER 4 MILLION HOT MEALS (60,000 PER MONTH) TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

June 6, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 19

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."

- Randy Pausch

GRADUATION TRIP TO THE BALTIC FOR THE 7TH YEAR

The excitement level will “top out” today for 246 sixth-grade PromiseKids as they embark on the journey of their young lives. These PromiseKids will graduate from Elementary School to “Middle School" in just a few days, and they will be boarding busses for a trip they will never forget…

For the 7th year in a row, our super member company McDonald’s will host a graduation trip to the seaside (Kolobrzeg) for all of our sixth-grade graduates from our 15 PromiseLand schools. And what a logistical effort it will be! Six busses will take part in the operation and begin transporting groups of the PromiseKids from the 15 schools on June 6th and will continue the effort all week until all of our sixth graders have made the trip.

Although it is only 50 Kilometers to the Baltic seaside, very few of our 246 PromiseKids have ever ventured this far from their small home villages. Most of the PromiseKids have never seen the Baltic, been aboard a boat, been inside a movie theater, frequented a shopping mall, played on a beach, or dined at McDonalds.

AWe will never be able to measure the incredible joy that McDonald’s and our Foundation members are giving these very special children. A lot of thought has gone into this PromiseKid adventure by McDonald’s President Piotr Jucha, Director of Operations Krzysztof Klapa, and PR Director Marcin Dabrowski of Twenty-Four-Seven PR.

Schedule:
9-10:00 – All aboard
11:00 – Stroll at the seaside
11:30 – 12:30 – Boat trip
Trip to Koszalin to the new shopping center “FORUM” (McDonald’s and Multikino),

1:30– 2:30 – lunch at McDonald’s.
App. 3:00/3:45 – Multikino
6:00 – Return home

WINNER OF ALITALIA BUSINESS CLASS TICKETS TO ROME

We are pleased to announce that Elzbieta Dolna (bottom right) from Cigno Consultancy was the winner of the 2 Alitalia Business Class Tickets to Rome at the PGA Golf Cup dinner on Tuesday evening. We congratulate Elzbieta and thank Alitalia’s GM George Athanassiou for the tickets. The lottery raised enough money to feed 100 hot-meals to our Foundation’s PromiseKids.

Great job arranging the PGA Golf Cup and lottery Craig Smith! You folks at Foundation Member Company EuroProperty are really the best...

A FIRST – FIRST FOR OUR REAGAN SCHOLARS

Our two Reagan Legacy Scholars Andrzej Mikulko and Marcin Raulin are shown (above) leaving Swidwin for their first ever airplane flight. The two boys boarded the flight to Warsaw yesterday to begin the first step in getting to the Untied States. Although they don’t leave for Washington, DC until August 1st, they must make all arrangements to obtain U.S. Visas before they leave Poland. They will do this today and return home to anxiously wait for their approval from U.S. authorities. They spent last night as guests of Foundation member company, InterContinental Hotel. Thanks Christian and InterContinental for hosting these young men.

You will recall that they were selected to participate in the Reagan Legacy Tour of the United States this summer from a pool of former PromiseKids who had participated in our Foundation’s Interactive English Program “Dreams Come True.” The criteria for selection was formative and Andrzej and Marcin were selected from the rigorous competition. These two guys are the best…

POLAND STILL BEHIND IN EDUCATION

A continuous lack of access to public preschools and weak college programs may be the key factors contributing to an increasing divide in education, according to a recent report by the Educational Research Institute (IBE). Though there are nearly 2 million students, Polish citizens are still less educated in comparison to their EU counterparts.

The director of IBE, traces this divide to a post-World War ll focus on education in Western Europe which passed Poland by. The report shows that about 21 percent of Poles between the ages of 25 and 64 have a higher education. This is significantly lower than the average 30 percent in other developed EU countries.

PROGRAMS AIM TO HELP MORE CHILDREN

Benefits for children and stipends from public assistance programs will be increased every three years, according to the inflation index of the previous three years. The new regulations are to come into effect November 2012, which will mark the beginning of a new period for the programs. The current criteria for such social assistance have remained frozen since 2004. During this time, the number of children enrolled has dropped from 5.5 million to 3 million. These new regulations hope to be able to help a greater number of children in need.

DATES TO REMEMBER

June 6-10th – McDonald’s Graduation Trips to the Baltic.

June 9-10th – Michael Page International Cooking Trip to the PromiseLand.

July 1-3rd - InterContinental Hotel Scholars Program in Warsaw. The top scholar from each of our 15 schools will be the guest of the InterContinental Hotel.

August 2-13th - The Reagan Legacy Foundation’s Liberty Education Tour to Washington, DC, Chicago, and LA...

August 18-19th – Randstad Stad Amsterdam Clipper Cruise.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune."

- Jim Rohn

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