IBM Honored at North Carolina Education Ball

Corporation Receives H. Glenn Williams Power of One Award from Communities in Schools of North Carolina.

Raleigh, NC, June 26, 2008 --( Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC) has recognized two individuals and one corporation with its H. Glenn Williams Power of One Award for 2008. IBM received the award for its commitment to improving education through the use of technology. The winners were announced at the sixth annual N.C. Education Ball in Raleigh on Saturday June, 7. The event supports the work of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.

IBM was honored with the Power of One Award because of its deep and long history to improving education and the lives of children in North Carolina through the use of technology and its volunteer efforts in our state.

“Our employees are our strongest asset. They spend countless hours volunteering in classrooms across the state,” said Bob Greenberg, Senior State Executive for IBM in North Carolina. “Through IBM’s virtual mentoring program called Mentorplace, more than 500 students in 28 classrooms are being mentored by IBM employees throughout North Carolina every year. This Power of One award is really for all of our employees and their commitment to improving the lives of children in North Carolina.

IBM believes that incorporating technology into classrooms with first-rate instruction is essential to improving education and the relevance it has to the global marketplace. IBM is committed to helping schools and students have access to technology in North Carolina. Through IBM’s KidSmart Early Learning program IBM has placed more than 1,000 Young Explorer computers valued at more than $2 million in pre-k classrooms across North Carolina.

In addition, IBM’s educational programs such as Reading Companion Grants, TryScience, E.X.I.T.E and IGNITE camps were recognized for changing the lives of North Carolina’s children by bringing rigor, relevance and relationships to the state’s public schools.

The H. Glenn Williams Power of One Awards recognize the difference that one person, one company, or one organization can have on education and the community. The award honors H. Glenn Williams, a long-time CISNC supporter, community volunteer and leader. Williams brought joy wherever he went and found joy in everything he did, particularly in the smiles of the children he worked to help.

This year’s other Power of One Awards winners are: Anne Laukaitis of Cabarrus County and Kathleen Byron of Moore County.

About Communities In Schools in North Carolina
Communities In Schools has earned its place as the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life. There are 39 local operational programs in North Carolina serving 400 schools and other sites. During the 2006-07 school year, CIS served over 100,000 youth and family members, and it maintains a presence in the five largest school districts in North Carolina. For more information on CISNC visit

Melanie Daryani