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Celebrities and Local Communities Join Forces with General Mills to Advocate Education

Friday, March 16, 2012 1:17 PM

Walking into the chapel, you could feel the energy and excitement in the air as more than 1,000guests gathered for the Box Tops for Education Town Hall event at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia last night. The mission – to engage in a critical conversation around the importance of a solid primary education for our nation's children, while encouraging each other to become more involved in that effort as parents and as a community. The Town Hall, hosted by famed comedian Steve Harvey, attracted a diverse panel of education experts and celebrity moms for the discussion, which was moderated by National Cares Mentoring founder Susan L. Taylor. These celebrities and key stakeholders, including LifeLearn President Dr. Jacquelyn Jackson Fleming; Spelman College President Beverly D. Tatum; actress Tisha Campbell Martin; Grammy Award winning artist Chilli from girl group TLC; and Grammy Award winning singer-song writer Monica, all attended the event because they know the critical importance of education.

Jean Childs Young Middle School Band at Box Tops for Education Town Hall at Morehouse in Atlanta Geo ...

Jean Childs Young Middle School Band at Box Tops for Education Town Hall at Morehouse in Atlanta Georgia Thursday, March 15, 2012 (Photo: Business Wire)

Taylor assured the guests that this Town Hall was something different. "Believe me, this was a call to action for all of us," said Taylor. "What we had was a lively discussion about our children's development and about what we must do as parents, teachers and responsible members of the community to ensure that our young ones are self-sustaining contributors to their families and community in ways that matter most. All of this starts with pre-school and a strong primary education."

Panelists spent time talking about their own experience with education, taking care of their children and wanting the best for their communities. Discussion was then opened up to the audience to ask their questions to the panelists about education.

"It was inspiring to see so that so many people shared the passion that General Mills has around education," said the president of General Mills' Baking division Anton Vincent. "Every person who attended the town hall was there because they wanted to make a difference.


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