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THE SONS OF ITALY URGES MEMBERS TO SUPPORT ITALIAN AP EXAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. Nov. 7, 2013 - The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is urging its members to support the Advanced Placement Examination in Italian, using a strategic plan outlined by Claudio Bisogniero, Italy's ambassador to the U.S., in his recent letter to Italian American organizations.

"In 2013, about 2,000 students took the exam, but an additional 500 are needed to meet the goal for 2016 set by the College Board," he noted in his letter, which included a "strategic plan of action" for his embassy, Italian American organizations and institutes as well as concerned citizens. [See below.] The College Board administers these high school advanced placement programs in languages and other subjects.

Cost is a factor affecting applications to take the exam, according to Joseph Sciame, a former Sons of Italy national president and the current chair of the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations. "Students must pay about $85.00 to take it and some just cannot afford that," he says. But Sciame points out that as the biggest national Italian American organization, the Sons of Italy is in a unique position to help.

"We have 214 U.S. high schools that offer Italian," says Amb. Bisogniero. "If just two more students in each school take the exam, we can meet our target of 2,500 students."

Strategic Plan for the Italian Advanced Placement Exam

Established in 1905, OSIA has hundreds of thousands of members and supporters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To learn more, visit www.osia.org.

For interviews, contact Dona De Sanctis/Communications at the Sons of Italy’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Tel: 202/547 2900 Email: ddesanctis@osia.org