Lifetime Distributes Homeless Kits


Lifetime Television announced Monday that it has sent education kits to
40,000 high schools nationwide in hopes that educators and guidance counselors
will spark classroom discussions about self-esteem and homelessness.

Those kits are keyed to the network's original movie, Homeless to Harvard:
The Liz Murray Story
, a fact-based drama scheduled April 7 at 9 p.m.

That initiative will also be linked to Lifetime's "Be Your Own Hero"
public-affairs campaign.

Starring Thora Birch (American Beauty), the primetime movie tells the
story of a teen-ager raised in poverty by loving but drug-addicted parents.
After her mother's AIDS-related death, she goes back to high school, earns her
diploma in two years and wins a New York Times scholarship for needy
students that enables her to attend Harvard University.

The education materials -- designed to fit schools' health, psychology and
sociology curricula -- were created in conjunction with partners Girls Inc. and
the National Alliance to End Homelessness.