Wake Education Partnership Releases Podcast on the BUILDING LEADERS Campaign Featuring Smedes York

Local Business Owner and Former Mayor of Raleigh Discusses How the Campaign Helps Prepare Students Entering the Business World

Raleigh, NC, October 12, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Steve Parrott, president of Wake Education Partnership (http://www.wakeedpartnership.org/), has announced the release of a podcast featuring Smedes York, chairman of York Properties Inc. and former mayor of Raleigh. A member of the Partnership’s Leadership Council, York provides an overview of the Partnership’s new nine-week fundraising campaign and its new BUILDING LEADERS initiative. In the podcast, York explains the goal of the campaign and offers details about how the initiative works within the local community to assist students preparing to enter the business world. The explanation includes an overview of the programs Wake Education Partnership offers. The podcast is available for download at http://bit.ly/QQDTZ8

The BUILDING LEADERS initiative helps bring together representatives from the Wake County business community, elected officials, educators and other nonprofits in support of high quality public education. Through the work of the Partnership, educators receive the support that allows them to better prepare students with the knowledge and leadership skills demanded by employers.

“With the importance of education at the forefront of our minds, we hope the fundraising initiative will show our local businesses the important role Wake Education Partnership plays in building our future leaders,” said York. “It’s an asset Wake County has that puts us ahead of a lot of other communities. We want to be supportive and connect leaders of the community with the school system.”

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Wake Education Partnership, an independent, nonprofit advocacy group for Wake County public school students and teachers, works with local business leaders, educators and elected officials to help reach the common goal of increasing student performance measured against world-class standards. For more information, please visit http://www.wakeedpartnership.org.

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