Lt. Governor Denn Participates in Stand4Change Day

National Rally Against Bullying

Wilmington, DE (Thursday, May 3, 2012) – On Friday, May 4th, Lt. Governor Matt Denn will join the students at Springer Middle School to stand united against bullying.

  • According to The U.S. Department of Justice, a child is bullied every 7 minutes.
  • 1 in 7 students is either a bully or a victim of bullying. (
  • 160,000 students stay home from school every day for fear of bullying. (National Association of School Psychologists)

Lt. Governor Denn and Attorney General Biden are working together to strengthen anti-bullying legislation and create legislation to protect our children against cyberbullying.

This Friday, May 4th, millions of students and teachers in classrooms all across America will stand for change to demonstrate their commitment to putting an end to bullying.

On Friday, the students at Springer Middle School will stand with the Lt. Governor to let the world know they will no longer tolerate bullying in our schools or in our communities.

To get involved, visit and register your school as a participant in Stand4Change Day.  We will make history on Stand4Change Day by standing together for five minutes, united against bullying on Friday, May 4 at 12 PM EST.

Friday, May 4, 2012

NOON                        Stand4Change Rally

Springer Middle School
2220 Shipley Road

**The Stand4Change Rally will be held outside on the track. **

Lt. Governor Denn Visits Delaware Military Academy on Friday, April 20th

Wilmington, DE (Thursday, April 19, 2012) – On Friday, April 20th, Lt. Governor Matt Denn will be in New Castle County.

His first visit will be a visit to Delaware Military Academy (DMA) in Wilmington. Delaware Military Academy (DMA) was founded in 2003 by Colonel John Wintermantel and is the only charter high school in the United States based on the traditions, values and ideals of the U.S. Navy.  The Academy is open to all students and seeks to prepare students for their future by providing a solid academic curriculum, enhanced with a military training program.  DMA was ranked a superior school by the Delaware Department of Education in 2011 and currently enrolls 554 cadets.

Lieutenant Governor Denn will visit on Friday, where he will be met by Colonel Wintermantel and the Corps of Cadets leadership.  He will tour the building with Colonel Wintermantel and have a chance to visit multiple classrooms to see cadets in action.

Lt. Governor Denn usually visits one school a week where he enjoys meeting students, school leadership, and teachers as he focuses on education in the state of Delaware.

Lt. Governor Denn will then recognize and thank those who have given at least 10 years of their time to volunteer at Christiana Care to end their “Week of Volunteerism.”

11:00am – 1:00pm

Visit to Delaware Military Academy
112 Middleboro Road

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Recognition of Volunteers
John H. Ammon Medical Education Center Auditorium
Christiana Hospital Campus

Lt. Governor Denn Announces Two “Excellence in Parental Involvement” Award Winners at Press Conference

Bayard Middle School and Gallaher Elementary School

WILMINGTON – Today, Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn announced the two schools honored with the 3rd annual “Lt. Governor’s Excellence in Parental Involvement Award” during a press conference in New Castle County.

The 2012 winners of the award are Bayard Middle School and Gallaher Elementary School, both of Christina School District.  The two winners were picked by a committee of parents, teachers, administrators, and representatives from the business community.

“I created the award in 2010 with the State Chamber of Commerce as a way to enhance parental engagement in our schools,” said Lt. Governor Denn.  “Each year, through the applications we receive, it is clear that schools are really working towards having parents more involved and I am happy about that.  As parents, we all need to get involved in our kids schools and help the teachers who are helping our children; that teamwork is going to help all of our children excel.”

Bayard Middle SchoolBayard Middle School is doing a variety of complementary things for parental involvement. Bayard has a Family and Community Liaison Team devoted to increasing Family and Community Engagement.  By bringing in the community, as well as the parents, the involvement outside of the school building has increased.  Bayard formed a Parent Cyber Café, which is an online group of parents that meet monthly online to discuss important information about the school and their students.  They are also working to create a Spanish version of the Cyber Café.  Both of these “Café’s” allow parents to be an integral part of the school in a way they might otherwise not have had.


Gallaher Elementary School uses their “Parents as Partners” and it shows.  Parents serve on all school committees, including Code of Conduct Review Committee, PBS and Calendar Review Committees.  In addition, the principal hosts a coffee with all parents on a monthly basis, and teachers exchange weekly progress reports with them.  Every teacher in the school sends out no less than two positive postcards a month to the parents of each student. Gallaher is also a Blue Ribbon winner for their significant narrowing of the achievement gap.


The schools will again be recognized at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Superstars in Education dinner on May 7, 2012.

On Thursday, April 19, Lt. Governor Denn Announces Winners of his 3rd Annual “Excellence in Parental Involvement Award”

WHO: Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn
Staff, parents, students and teachers from both winning schools
Christina School District Incoming Superintendent Dr. Freeman Williams

WHAT: Announcement of the 2012 winners of the 3rd Annual “Lt. Governor’s Excellence in Parental Involvement Award”

WHEN: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 1:15 – 2:00pm


Christina School District, District Office
600 N. Lombard Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

DETAILS: Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn will announce this year’s winners of his 3rd annual “Excellence in Parental Involvement Award.”

The Excellence in Parental Involvement award was created by Lt. Governor Denn as a way to honor schools and parents that have successfully expanded parental involvement through innovative programs.  Media will learn more about these programs and their implementation at Thursday’s press conference.

The two schools that won this year’s award will be recognized at the annual Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Superstars in Education program on May 7th, receive banners for their schools, and have their programs publicized throughout the state so that other schools can emulate their successes.

Lt. Governor Denn To Honor Those Involved in Adult Literacy

Two Students Share Personal Stories; Five Awards Given

DOVER – Media are invited to join Lt. Governor Matt Denn as he presents awards at the 20th Annual Outstanding Adult and Family Literacy Achievement and Service Awards on Friday, April 13th. Held in the Senate Chamber at Legislative Hall, the event is a wonderful opportunity for individuals working in the adult education community to be recognized for their important work. The ceremony is hosted by the Interagency Council on Adult Literacy (ICAL).

The purpose of the event is to highlight the achievement of individuals, organizations and businesses committed to adult literacy over the past year and to highlight the good work being done in the adult education community at the present time. Representatives of adult education programs from around the State, members of ICAL, students of the program and their families will be in attendance. In addition, two students will share their experiences in adult education programs and how their lives have been impacted.

These two students, Luis Ortiz and Mamie Jackson, have led very different lives and have different stories to tell. However, both of their lives have been changed drastically because of the adult education classes offered in the state. One of them recently became a business owner and the other dreams of going to college and becoming an entrepreneur.

Five awards will also be given to recognize the following groups and individuals for their participation and support in leading the effort on adult literacy:

  • Organization
  • Program
  • Staff
  • Volunteer
  • Thomas M. Baker Service to Literacy Award

Lt. Gov. Denn and Maureen Whelan, the State Director of Adult Education, will present the awards, which will be revealed at the ceremony.

Friday, April 13, 2012
10:30am – 11:30am
Legislative Hall, Senate Chamber