November 5, 2008

Big Brothers Big Sisters to Launch Its “Beyond School Walls(Sm)” Program at Comcast With Students From Fairhill Elementary


 WHAT:        Thirty fourth grade students from Fairhill Elementary School in Northeast Philadelphia will meet their new Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the first time as part of the launch of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania's "John Alchin Beyond School Walls(sm)" program at Comcast. Thirty Comcast employees have volunteered to mentor these children during the 2008- 2009 school year and will meet with them every other week at Comcast Center.  WHO:         Charisse Lillie, Vice President, Community Investment & Executive Vice President, Comcast Foundation Dave Scott, Executive Vice President Finance and Administration Comcast Cable Judy Vredenburgh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Marlene L. Olshan, Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA  WHEN:        12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Thursday, November 6, 2008  BEST PHOTOS: 12:00 PM - Students arriving by school bus at Comcast Center 12:10 PM - Remarks by Lillie, Vredenburgh, Olshan, Scott 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM - Students and Comcast mentors play a puzzle matching game, which will lead them to find and meet each other for the first time.  WHERE:       Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA  ABOUT:       Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA began its "Beyond School Walls(sm)" mentoring program in 2006 as a way to engage businesses and schools in mentoring throughout Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. The Comcast Beyond School Walls(sm) program has been named after John Alchin, the company's former CFO and a committed board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. The "John Alchin Beyond School Walls(sm)" program is part of Comcast Corporation's $10 million, three-year partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America that provides airtime for public service announcements; program sponsorships; national and local board member support; and Comcast University leadership development and training scholarships for the organization's staff leaders.