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December 1, 2000

Soda & Other School Ads Deals Up for
Debate When Teens Meet Leaders

Corporate promotion in schools beverage company contracts, Channel One advertising, sports sponsorship will be debated among teens and leaders from different sides of the issue at a town hall meeting 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7 at the State Capitol room 126.

The meeting is sponsored by LegiSchool, an award-winning civic education collaboration between the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento and the State Legislature.

Discussion will focus on the growth of advertising in schools. Some argue such advertising is fairly innocuous, while others worry about corporate access to public institutions and the nutritional impact of sodas and snack foods at schools.

High school panelists will include Brynn Forte and Jenny Homer from Castro Valley High School, Emiliano Galicia and Dana Kuljanski from Moorpark High School and Adam Harris from Rio Americano High School in Sacramento. Other panelists will include Manny Hernandez, a member of the Sacramento City Unified School District board of education; Andrew Hagelshaw, from the Center for Commercial-Free Public Education; and Greg Haskin of PepsiCo.

Students from Castro Valley High School will be in the audience, while students from Ramona High School in Southern California will participate live by telephone. Thousands of other California students will watch the meeting live on the California Channel or on videotape.

Paula Gardner, a professor in the CSUS College of Education, will moderate.

More information is available by contacting LegiSchool Project Director Kolleen Ostgaard at (916) 278-6906 or by visiting the LegiSchool website at:

More information is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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