Daniel E. Carmody
Senior Vice President
Channing Bete Company
One Community Place
South Deerfield, MA 01373-0200
Phone (800) 828-2827

Channing Bete Company Contributes $10,000 to Sponsor Excellence in Teaching Award

South Deerfield, MA, May, 2006 -- The Channing Bete Company recently made its third of four annual donations totaling $10,000 to the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation. The company joins Country Bank, Ware Cooperative Bank, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Wright Builders, The Davis Foundation, MassMutual Financial Group, Southworth Paper Company, and the YMCAs of the Pioneer Valley Communities in sponsoring the Foundation's Pioneer Valley Awards for Excellence in Teaching, also known as the Harold Grinspoon Award.

Each year, teachers throughout the Pioneer Valley are nominated for the award by their co-workers based on their demonstrated excellence in teaching practices, professional development, collaboration and cooperation, volunteerism, and reaching "above and beyond" their duties in educational activities. This year's recipients each received a cash gift of $600 ($100 of which is to be used in the classroom), a year's YMCA membership, an engraved plaque, a letter of congratulations from the governor, and other prizes.

The Channing Bete Company's mission is to strengthen individuals, families, and communities by reinforcing healthy behaviors and commitment to positive social values. The company has long been a supporter of area organizations that have similar missions and that work to improve the health and well-being of community members.