New Bedford will be first for the Banner Project

Make Success Happen: Stay in School It is simple message to our youth and the focus of a campaign that celebrates the role of education in career success. The SouthCoast Education Compact will pilot the Banner Project with the New Bedford community this fall, highlighting the success of selected nominees who are making a significant contribution to New Bedford neighborhoods or to communities across the country.

New Bedford will be first for the Banner Project 

Make Success Happen: Stay in School It is simple message to our youth and the focus of a campaign that celebrates the role of education in career success. The SouthCoast Education Compact will pilot the Banner Project with the New Bedford community this fall, highlighting the success of selected nominees who are making a significant contribution to New Bedford neighborhoods or to communities across the country. 

The Banner Project is a message campaign that will create colorful banners bearing the image of the selected nominees. It is one way to get the message out to young people that education and lifelong learning are critical components of career development. The campaign is sponsored by the SouthCoast Education Compact, a university-school-business collaborative that brings together South Coast school districts, area businesses, the UMass Dartmouth and Bristol Community College to create programs that support K-12 education and that highlight educational attainment across the region. 

All members of the Greater New Bedford area are encouraged to nominate individuals who have made a difference in their community and who personify the role of education in personal and career success. Nominees must have completed high school or college in New Bedford, must be known within their local community, have a demonstrated record of achievement in their professional life, and must be willing to share highlights of their educational/professional career. Nominations will be accepted until September 30. 

Approximately 10 individuals will be chosen from community members and leaders, including educators and businessmen and women who have graduated from New Bedford area schools, UMass Dartmouth, or Bristol Community College. Please contact Lee Blake, Assistant Director, SouthCoast Education Compact to obtain a nomination form; telephone 508.999.8545, email lblake@umassd.edu. 

After the selection process is complete, the image of selected nominees will hang from colorful banners on streetlights along Union Street and from County to Purchase Streets. In addition to the images of nominees, the banners will highlight elements of their professional careers. Banners will also be made into posters that can be displayed in our schools and libraries to share the message of education and success with area students. “Compact members believe the banner corridor will create a wonderful streetscape of color and personal achievement that will highlight the graduates of New Bedford High School, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational High School, UMass-Dartmouth and Bristol Community College,” said Lee Blake, Banner Project coordinator. 

While New Bedford will be the first community to pilot the Banner Project, over the life of the project the campaign will be taken to the 14 different South Coast communities that are members of the Education Compact. 


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