500 Appoquinimink and Middletown High School Students Will Learn About Financial Literacy and College Readiness on Friday, Nov. 15

NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BridgingTheDream–National hip-hop recording artist and former middle-school teacher, Dee-1, and Sallie Mae, will bring the Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 to Appoquinimink High School in Middletown on Friday, Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m. Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will educate more than 500 high school students about the importance of financial literacy, going to college, and completing their degree.

This is the first time the nationally acclaimed tour will come to Delaware, home of Sallie Mae’s headquarters and more than 1,100 employees.

A graduate of Louisiana State University and former middle school teacher, Dee-1 is uniquely positioned to inspire and motivate today’s youth with his story and message of financial responsibility. His partnership with Sallie Mae began when he released a viral hit song about paying off his student loans, titled “Sallie Mae Back”.


500 students from Appoquinimink and Middletown High Schools

Dee-1, hip-hop artist and motivational speaker

Sallie Mae leadership and employees

Sam Postlethwait, principal, Appoquinimink High School

Brandon Townsend, college & career counselor, Appoquinimink High School

Dr. Matt Donovan, principal, Middletown High School

aQuena Williams, college & career counselor, Middletown High School



Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will host 500 students at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, Delaware. Dee-1 will educate students about the importance of planning for college and financial literacy, and perform his hit song, “Sallie Mae Back.”






Friday, Nov. 15

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Appoquinimink High School

1080 Bunker Hill Rd.

Middletown, Delaware, 19709

Media Contact: Ashley Boucher, 302.451.0452

Media encouraged to arrive at 30 minutes prior to the session.

Follow the Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 and join the conversation on social media by using #BridgingTheDream and following @SallieMae and @Dee1music on Instagram.

For more information about saving, planning, and paying for college, including Sallie Mae’s free Scholarship Search tool, visit Sallie Mae.com.

Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) believes education and life-long learning, in all forms, help people achieve great things. As the leader in private student lending, we provide financing and know-how to help make college happen and offer products and resources to help customers make new goals and experiences, beyond college, possible. Learn more at SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.


Ashley Boucher


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