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    Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:42:22

    "Waiting for Superman" Has 40,000 Pledges - Movie pledge-o-meter going strong

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    Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media announced today 40,000 people have pledged to see the award-winning documentary film Waiting For Superman when it opens this Fall, making it the second goal reached on the campaign's "Pledge Progress Meter." As a result, Chicago-based office supply retailer OfficeMax® is fulfilling its commitment to add 40 deserving U.S. teachers to its "A Day Made Better" program.

    Now in its fourth year, the OfficeMax program helps defray the out-of-pocket expenditures on school supplies by dedicated teachers by awarding 1,000 outstanding teachers with $1,000 in school supplies.

    "Thanks to more than 40,000 pledges to see this important documentary film, OfficeMax is pleased to surprise 40 deserving teachers across the country with a total of $40,000 in school supplies on behalf of our national cause called A Day Made Better," said Bill Bonner, senior director of external relations for OfficeMax. "By joining the 'Take the Pledge' campaign, we hope to call attention to the issue of teacher out-of-pocket spending, encourage national support and start erasing teacher teacher-funded classrooms." This is such a great program.

    The film examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories. Designed to start a national conversation, the movie and corresponding "Take the Pledge" campaign aim to inspire everyone to create innovative and long-term solutions to help change the course of our kids' lives for the better. The "Pledge Progress Meter" launched in May as a way for non-profits, foundations and corporations to match individual pledge levels with powerful action items aimed at helping both students and public schools. First Book was the first organization to take the pledge, by agreeing to donate 250,000 new books to schools and programs in low-income communities across the country once the pledge meter reaches 50,000 pledges.

    The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on September 25, nationwide in October.

    Have you pledged yet?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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