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Abington Again Is One of America's ‘Best Communites for Young People'

America's Promise Alliance, founded by Colin Powell, cites numerous groups and programs in honoring Abington for 4th time.

The Abington School District has been designated one of 2010's "100 Best Communities for Young People” by the America’s Promise Alliance, an organization founded by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and chaired by his wife, Alma.

Located in eastern Montgomery County and encompassing Abington Township and the Borough of Rockledge, the Abington School District is Pennsylvania’s first four-time "Best 100 Communities" winner and the only Delaware Valley locale to receive the designation this year.

In its announcement, the Alliance said the Abington Community Task Force, a coalition of agencies and organizations, “continues to create new initiatives and programs to meet the ongoing challenges that face young people.”

It also cited police, school, YMCA, Penn State and Abington Memorial Hospital efforts. The Alliance said the Abington School District has "demonstrated significant strides by closing the achievement gap with minority, economically disadvantaged and special education students. A recent major initiative has been to increase parental/community involvement since research shows that parent involvement helps increase achievement and further reduces dropouts. "

The announcement also noted that the Abington Educational Foundation "joined efforts in the first 'Abington Community Celebration' to raise over $100,000 to fund youth- oriented activities from community organizations such as union groups, businesses, and individuals."

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