Media Advisory: Carnegie Middle School Students Honored With Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity to View Rare Original Print of the Declaration of Independence

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Carson School Children to Receive Ultimate History Lesson; Pearson Foundation helping showcase the nation's birth certificate Thursday .

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A surviving print of the Declaration of Independence will be unveiled in Carson on Thursday to help school children get the history lesson of a lifetime.

Students at Andrew Carnegie Middle School in Carson will get front row access to an original print of the U.S. Declaration of Independence in honor of their high level of participation in the National Student/Parent Mock Election. Starting with a kick-off preview at Andrew Carnegie Middle School on Thursday, April 22nd 8:30 to 9:30 am, the document will be in town for two days, with a full day of free public viewing for the community on Saturday, April 24 at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Invitation-Only Preview at Andrew Carnegie Middle School: Media welcome!

WHAT: Rare Viewing of Original Print of the Declaration of Independence for Carnegie Middle School students.

WHEN: Thursday, April 22nd 8:30 to 9:30 am
Special early morning previews/interviews for media available

WHERE: Carnegie Middle School Auditorium Andrew Carnegie Middle School, 21820 Bonita Street. Carson, CA 90745.

WHO: California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. Other dignitaries will include Carson Mayor Jim Dear and LAUSD District 8 Superintendent Linda Del Cueto.

Free Public Exhibit at California State University Dominguez Hills

WHAT: Public Exhibit of the Declaration of Independence
The public is invited to take advantage of this once-in-a-life time opportunity to see an original print of the document that formed the foundation for how our country is governed today -- the Declaration of Independence.

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 9 am to 4 pm

WHERE: California State University Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria Street in Carson. Ballroom B of the Loker Student Union. Parking is available in Lot 6 off Tamcliff Avenue and Victoria Street. For additional information, call (310) 243-3819.

One of only 26 known prints still in existence out of 200 printed on July 4, 1776, this rare document remains the only touring print of the Declaration of Independence. Rediscovered in 1989 by a flea market shopper, this print was purchased in 2000 by Hollywood producer and philanthropist Norman Lear for $8.1 million. Now, Lear and his wife Lyn work to ensure that "the people's document" remains accessible to the people.'

The Pearson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pearson, which is the leading provider of instructional materials in the classroom. is sponsoring this national tour of the Declaration of Independence, which is also supported by the National Mock Student/Parent Election and Declare Yourself.

More information about the Declaration of Independence tour can be found at http://www.pearsonschool.com/live/customer_central/landingpage/doitour/index.html.

About the Pearson Foundation:
The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonfoundation.org .

Media Contacts:
Stevan Allen - 916.448.1336 /916.718.2999 stevan(at)allenstrategic(dot)com
Jami Warner - 916.761.7699 / jami(at)jwarnergroup(dot)com

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