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Ross Stores Promote Academic Success for Gwinnett Kids and Teens

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Boys and Girls ClubBoys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA) announces a new partnership with Ross Stores, Inc., to support the Club”s Power Hour program, an interactive after-school homework assistance program for members, ages 6 to 18.#The funding will help support and expand programs in Gwinnett at locations including Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club, A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club and Louise Radloff Middle School Boys & Girls Club.

Georgia reports the 3rd lowest high school graduation rate in the country with one-third of teens failing to graduate in four years, oftentimes due to serious challenges they face personally and academically. The Power Hour program offers the opportunity for Club staff to support youth in developing a positive attitude about learning while emphasizing the importance of high school graduation.

“The generous support from Ross Stores shows their dedication to supporting academic success for youth in our community and communities nationwide,”# said Missy Dugan, president and CEO of BGCMA. “We know that regular participation in after school educational programs, like Power Hour, can help in addressing the high school dropout crisis and bridge the achievement gap for our youth.”#

The partnership with Ross Stores will assist in making the program a more effective tool to keep members on top of their academic studies as well as provide the Club with staff training and resources.# Additionally, local Ross store employees will have an opportunity to volunteer their time at local Boys & Girls Clubs.

“Supporting the local communities we serve is an important focus for us”, said Gary Cribb, executive vice president, stores and loss prevention for Ross Stores. “The Power Hour program provides youth with the opportunity to learn and develop skills to be successful in their studies.”

Power Hour is one of Boys & Girls Clubs of America”s top national programs supporting academic success and an important pillar in BGCMA”s broader academic goals. By 2020, the organization is working to ensure that 90 percent of the youth it serves are graduating on time, living healthy lifestyles and giving back to their communities.

BGCMA thanks all of its corporate and individual supporters for opening doors for our youth. For more information on how you can become involved with BGCMA, visit www.bgcma.org/get_involved.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta”s mission is to save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures. Through 24 Clubs in 10 metro counties, trained and professional staff serve more than 3,800 youth (ages 6-18) daily through programs that foster academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development. BGCMA also oversees Camp Kiwanis, a 160-acre outdoor residence camp, and the Youth Art Connection (YAC), a gallery and workspace for young artists. While the cost to effectively serve those who need us most is more than $4,000 per member, BGCMA asks families to pay only a $35 annual membership fee and no child is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information, visit#www.bgcma.org.

About Ross Stores”#
Ross Stores, Inc. is an S&P 500, Fortune 500 and Nasdaq 100 (ROST) company headquartered in Pleasanton, California, with fiscal 2011 revenues of $8.6 billion. The Company operates Ross Dress for Less# (“Ross”), the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the United States with more than 1,000 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ross offers first-quality, in-season, name brand and designer apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 60% off department and specialty store regular prices. The Company also operates over 100 dd”s DISCOUNTS# in eight states that feature a more moderately-priced assortment of first-quality, in-season, name brand apparel, accessories, footwear and home fashions for the entire family at everyday savings of 20% to 70% off moderate department and discount store regular prices. Additional information is available at www.rossstores.com.