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The Street Ballers for Life Basketball Team will tip off against a team of celebrities at 7 p.m. tonight for the “Stop the Violence and Stay in School” fundraiser.

After his daughter brought home a tattered text book from school, Orlando Mullins, CEO of the Washington-based music company Double O Entertainment, decided to organize a fundraiser. What he came up with was tonight’s game, which features a street ball team that has been coined the “Harlem Globetrotters of a New Generation.”

The event will be held at the MCI Center, with tickets selling for $20, $30 and $50 for seats on the floor. The target fundraising goal is $100,000, with proceeds going to the Washington, D.C., public school system.

Comedian Michael Colyar will host the event, which boasts a halftime performance featuring R&B singer Jazz of the group Dru Hill, plus Montega, REED, Milltown, NuSoul and Earl Center.

Tickets are still available for purchase through Ticketmaster at (202) 432-SEAT or at the door.

Teachers Will Pay Visits to Capitol Hill Today

As part of the National Board Certified Teachers’ Hill Day, more than 400 teachers from across the country will be visiting the offices of their elected officials to discuss the impact of National Board Certification on student learning and the teaching profession.

National Board Certification is a credential attesting to the fact that a teacher has been assessed by his or her peers as an accomplished and effective educator. Today teachers plan to tell Members how this credentialing pays off in the classroom.

The Capitol Hill blitz is planned as the kickoff event of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 2003 National Conference, which will run through Sunday. The theme for this year’s conference is “Leading Change: A Shared Commitment to Student Learning” and national legislation, such as the No Child Left Behind Act, will be topics for discussion.

If they’re not tardy, Members can expect to receive their lessons sometime between noon and 5 p.m. today.

— Jessica L. Brady and John McArdle

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