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PUBLIC SERVICE INSTITUTE LAUDS `NO NAME’ TEACHER

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The American Institute for Public Service has honored Stacey Bess, teacher at Salt Lake City's "School With No Name," with its Jefferson Award.

Bess is among four people recognized nationally by the institute. Other 1995 recipients are former first lady Barbara Bush, retired Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and Walter Annenburg, who in 1994 created a $500 million trust fund within the U.S. Department of Education to create centers for excellence in American schools.Winners will be honored in a ceremony June 21 in the U.S. Supreme Court Chambers.

Bess was recognized in the category "Greatest Public Service by an Individual 35 Years or Under." Bess has been prin-cipal/instructor of the school for homeless children for eight years. Some 400 children pass through the school each year.

The School With No Name is one of about a dozen schools in the United States specifically for the homeless.

Upon graduation from the University of Utah, Bess had planned to teach in an ordinary classroom "with neat rows of desks and a flag in the corner" but was assigned to the School With No Name.

"I stayed because I realized I was giving those kids their childhood. In their sad little lives, it was so rare just to be a kid."