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The Race to Win Crosses Finish Line, Raising More Than $100,000 for Communities In Schools Dropout Prevention
ARLINGTON, Va., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Race to Win tour, which kicked off from Driveway Austin Motorsports Academy in Austin, Texas on May 2nd, crossed the "finish line" today outside sponsor Plateau Systems' headquarters in Arlington, Va. Along the way, the Porsche 911GT3 RS, co-driven by Manoj Saxena, founder of The Race to Win, Avinash Saxena and professional driver Richard Zimmerman, made educational and fundraising stops in San Diego, Calif., Phoenix, Az., Atlanta, Ga. and Richmond, Va., raising more than $100,000 to benefit Communities In Schools and covering more than 7,000 miles from coast to coast.

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Austin Independent School District and The University of Texas join forces with Communities In Schools to create an official send-off on May 2
Austin, Texas – April 27, 2011 – The Austin Independent School District and UT, Austin join forces with Communities In Schools (CIS) to create an official send-off for local tech entrepreneur, Manoj Saxena, who is racing cross-country to support our local public schools. A school bus “pace car” will lead representatives from UT, AISD, City of Austin, Travis County and CIS in a golf cart race symbolizing their long standing partnership - working together to keep kids in school.

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Plateau Partners With 'The Race to Win' to Support Communities In Schools
ARLINGTON, VA and AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - February 28, 2011) - The Race to Win, the cross-country race to raise awareness and money for helping kids stay in school and achieve in life, has added talent management solutions provider Plateau Systems (www.plateau.com) as a Gold Sponsor. Plateau's chairman and CEO, Paul Sparta, also joins the Race to Win Patrons Circle as part of a select group of business and community leaders from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated a philanthropic commitment to improving our education system.

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Communities In Schools Ranked the Most Effective Dropout Prevention Program
02/25/2011: A five year detailed evaluation underwritten by The Atlantic Philanthropies concluded that Communities In Schools' model resulted in the strongest reduction in dropout rates of any existing fully scaled dropout prevention program that has been evaluated.

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Once a Leader, U.S. Lags in College Degrees
07/23/2010:  Adding to a drumbeat of concern about the nation’s dismal college-completion rates, the College Board warned Thursday that the growing gap between the United States and other countries threatens to undermine American economic competitiveness.  The United States used to lead the world in the number of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees. Now it ranks 12th among 36 developed nations.

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Cross-Country Motor Racing Event to Raise Awareness and Money for Dropout Prevention
08/02/2010: The Saxena Family Foundation, an Austin-based private non-profit organization, and Communities in School (CIS), the nation's largest organization dedicated to dropout prevention, announced a partnership today to sponsor a cross-country motor racing event called "The Race to Win" to raise awareness and money for helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. The goal is to raise at least $100,000 and one hundred per cent of all money goes to CIS and its affiliates around the nation. $50,000 has already been committed by the Saxena Foundation. Organization is well underway for the which will take place in May 2011.

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"The Race to Win" Announces Race Car for its Cross Country Endurance and Track Race Event
08/02/2010: Organizers of The Race to Win, the cross-country race to raise awareness and money for helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life, announced today that they will be racing a Porsche GT3 Cup car for the planned 2011 race. Known as a "Porsche 911 for those with no fear", the 911 GT3 Cup cars are based on the production 911 GT3 model, featuring modifications necessary for racing on professional race circuits such as full roll cage, fire extinguishing system, race seats, and a rally computer. Powered by a water-cooled six-cylinder, 3.5 liter engine, the car delivers 420 bhp and is devoid of any unnecessary items that would add weight to the car such as sound deadening, rear seats, and stereo system.

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