Belk, Discovery Education And ISTE Help Middle School Students Impact Local Communities

 Belk, Discovery Education And ISTE Help Middle School Students Impact Local

-- Prizes include student scholarships, teacher awards and Belk prize packs --

PR Newswire

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 13, 2012

SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Belk, Discovery Education
and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) have
partnered to encourage and assist students in making an impact in their local
communities. The partners today announced the launch of the all-new Belk
Service Learning Challenge  encouraging middle school students to help improve
their communities by undertaking a service-learning project of their choice.


Mobilizing students to give back and support their local communities, the Belk
Service Learning Challenge is currently open to all middle school students in
Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C., Columbia, S.C., and Jackson, Miss., but
will continue to expand to additional local communities. Working in teams of
two to four with the support and guidance of a teacher/mentor, students are
asked to identify a community issue and create an action plan to solve the

Entries for the Challenge are due by March 14, 2013. The grand prize winning
team will receive a $1,000 scholarship per student team member and a $250
teacher award. The second place team will receive a $500 scholarship per
student team member and a $100 teacher award. The winning teams will also
receive Belk prize packs for each student team member and teacher and will be
celebrated in Belk in-store events in the spring of 2013.

"Being involved in our communities has been a core value at Belk since our
founding almost 125 years ago, and creating this program with Discovery
Education and ISTE provides us an opportunity to teach students in our markets
about the importance of service and giving back," said Jessica Graham, Belk's
vice president of communications and community relations. "We are excited to
see the projects that the students create to strengthen their local

Providing student teams a second layer of support, a dynamic online
destination at anchors the Challenge and
equips middle school classrooms with free, standards-based service-learning
curriculum, including lesson plans and multimedia tools.

"Education is much more than what is taught within the walls of a classroom.
Some of the best learning opportunities for students are those that encourage
them to connect school lessons to aspects of their everyday lives," said Mary
Rollins, Discovery Education vice president. "We are excited to partner with
Belk and ISTE to provide students and their teachers with an opportunity to
explore their curiosity in the world around them and make a true, positive
impact on their communities."

"TheChallengewill not only help students integrate project-based learning
with technology and service, but it will also benefit communities throughout
the nation," said Brian Lewis, CEO of ISTE. "We look forward to seeing the
inspiring results of this collaboration."'

For more information on the Belk Service Learning Challenge or to view the
free classroom resources, please visit

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation's largest
privately owned mainline department store company with 301 Belk stores located
in 16 Southern states. The company was founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk
in Monroe, N.C., and is in the third generation of Belk family leadership. Its website offers a wide assortment of fashion apparel, shoes and
accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding
registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect
with Belk via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, blog, mobile phone text
messages or by email, go to: Belk Get Connected.

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our customers get the fashion they desire and the value they deserve. Our
vision is for the modern Southern woman to count on Belk first – for her, for
her family, for life.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates
students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12
and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,
DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery
Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional
development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support
districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services
like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery
Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries
around the world.Explore the future of education at

About ISTE
ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders
engaged in advancing excellence in learning and learning through the
innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.
Home to ISTE's annual conference and exposition and the widely-adopted NETS,
ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide.

SOURCE Discovery Education

Contact: Alana Carchedi, Discovery Education, +1-240-662-2572,; Jessica M. Graham, +1-704-426-8333,
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