Sen. Carper Spends Friday, February 24, 2006 in Kent and Sussex Counties

Announces “Live Near Your Work” Partnership Meets with Delaware State Teacher of the Year and Participates in a Physical Education Class

Dover, DE – On Friday, February 24, 2006, Senator Tom Carper will help announce the involvement of an international company, Aramark, and their participation in the “Live Near Your Work” program in Delaware. The Live Near Your Work (LNYW) Program is an employer-sponsored, cooperative partnership that encourages employees to purchase homes near their place of work. The LNYW Program provides down payment and closing-cost assistance to eligible employees who purchase homes in designated areas. Aramark is the first employer in Dover to offer this incentive to its employees, and 19 of their employees, who work at Wesley College, will participate. The Dover Community Partnership, a non-profit corporation created through the Carper/City of Dover Housing Initiative, was created by the Senator to look at low-income housing opportunities in the City of Dover. The Senator’s next stop takes him to Sussex County to meet with the Delaware State Teacher of the Year. Garrett Lydic, a teacher at North Laurel Elementary School, is the first teacher ever chosen from the Laurel School District. Mr. Lydic teaches Physical Education and has invited the Senator to participate in a new program called Dance Dance Revolution III, which will teach the concept of dance, beat awareness, and rhythm. The class will consist of mostly 2nd graders, but some 4th graders will be on-hand to offer assistance to the younger students. Friday, February 24, 2006 10:30 am – 11:30 am Partnership Announcement Dover Housing Authority 76 White Oak Road Dover Also attending: Bette Coplan, Vice President, Wesley College Saundra Johnson, Director, Delaware State Housing Authority Ami Sebastian Hauer, Director, Dover Housing Authority Aramark Regional Director 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Meeting with Delaware State Teacher of the Year/PE Class Teacher: Garrett Lydic North Laurel Elementary School 300 Wilson Lane Laurel