October 28, 2008 at 15:00 PM EDT
24 Innovative Teaching Grants Totaling $10,000 to Be Made to Delta County, Colorado, Teachers by Arch Coal Foundation

SOMERSET, Colo., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Twenty four teaching projects suggested by Delta County teachers and teaching specialists have been selected to receive 2008 Arch Coal Foundation innovative teaching grants.

Announcement of the $10,000 in grants was made by Pete Wyckoff, general manager of Mountain Coal Company's West Elk mine in Somerset.

"This is the second year for these unique grants," said Wyckoff. "Our program challenges the county's educators to use their experience, skills and imagination to create new teaching models that aid learning in their classrooms."

The Arch Coal Foundation received 59 applications for this year's grants, almost double the number from the program's first year. If all the grants are utilized as anticipated, more than 2,500 students will be impacted by the teachers' innovative ideas this school year.

This number includes some students who will be exposed to more than one innovative teaching idea. Because the program also asks that the program be replicable, successful ideas will continue to be used, as well as shared with other teachers, so that thousands more students will benefit from the ideas for years to come, according to Wyckoff.

"We were very pleased with the outstanding growth of this program," said Wyckoff. "It made it increasingly difficult for our judging panel of educators, citizens and company personnel to select these innovative ideas from the many excellent applications."

    The 2008 recipients and their schools are:

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Key components of the grants program are that the teachers must demonstrate "innovation" in their ideas and that the program must be "replicable," according to Wyckoff.

Arch Coal, Inc. is one of the nation's largest coal producers. The company's core business is providing U.S. power generators with clean-burning, low-sulfur coal for electric generation. Through its national network of mines, Arch Coal supplies the fuel for approximately 6 percent of the electricity generated in the United States. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACI) and maintains its corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. Mountain Coal Company's West Elk Mine is located in Somerset, Colo. Nearly 450 people are employed at West Elk.

Editor's note: Names of the individual projects can be found in the expanded press release available online at http://news.archcoal.com/releases.cfm.

SOURCE Arch Coal, Inc.

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