Verizon has a long history of supporting educational resources and programs in the Commonwealth. We focus on preparing children to be successful; enabling teachers, parents and caregivers to help children learn; and educating adults so they are prepared to achieve their goals and contribute to their communities.
In the section you'll discover just a few examples of our commitment to lifelong learning.
Powerful Answers Awards
On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the education category.
They winning teams delivered a wide range of solutions, from apps to help children with autism and those who teach them, to apps that teach financial literacy to students, to apps that help children with developmental delays. The other winners are a solution that lets kids build their own apps and an online educational platform focused on women’s advancement as leaders. [ Learn More ]
TinyTap- $1 million – a growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.
Zapatalism/LavaMind- $850,000 – a financial literacy app from LavaMind that specializes in creating business simulation games.
BridgingApps/Easter Seals Greater Houston- $700,000 – an initiative that provides access to the mobile technology and applications needed to enable children with special needs to communicate for the first time, participate in the classroom and exceed educational goals.
WebTeam Corporation- $500,000 – a solution that uses mobile and touch-screen computing to create new products and autism intervention services for the education and healthcare industries.
WomenLEAD, Inc.- $285,000 – an online educational platform designed to accelerate women’s advancement as leaders using social networking, online training and mentorships through an online “Personal Advisory Board” platform.
Featured Events and Programs
Virginia State Reading Association Honors Verizon with Friend of Literacy Award
The Virginia State Reading Association awarded Verizon the “Friend of Literacy Award” for 2012-2013 in recognition of our support to strengthen literacy programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Through the Verizon Improves Program (VIP), the company has made a difference in supporting efforts that promote and advance reading for all Virginia citizens. The VIP initiative will strengthen programs situated in largely under-served areas in Virginia by providing technical assistance and a common core of program standards that help adult students achieve literacy and workplace goals.
More than 720 community residents and supporters of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) participated in a successful Reading: A Family Affair (RAFA) event held on March 2, 2013.
The event celebrated family literacy, helped raised more than $15,000 to support LCNY adult learners, and featured performers such as Groovy Nate, Sing Books with Emily, Tom Lilly, Good Life Theater, the Rainbow Company, among others. Linda Smyth, a Fairfax County Supervisor, also attended. Verizon was a proud signature sponsor of this year’s event.
Verizon partnered with the NFL Network and the Washington Redskins to celebrate Godwin Middle School’s selection as an NFL Play 60 Super School as part of the Keep Gym in School program. The school is located in Woodbridge, VA. We have a long standing tradition of partnering with schools in the areas we serve to support education initiatives because Physical Education is one of the key components to getting a well-rounded education. Laura Barnes spoke to the student body about opportunities to apply for an additional grant to enhance the physical education program in Prince William County School District. In attendance to help celebrate this event was Chris Baker, Defensive Lineman, and Alfred Morris, Running Back of the Redskins, who spoke to the students and participated in their exercise program.
The Reading Connection
TRC held its second community reading festival as part of Arlington Kids Read, a 12-month public awareness campaign TRC launched in Spring 2012. Held at the Patrick Henry Elementary School, this literacy event also celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with bilingual read-alouds, book-related crafts and great snacks from Arlington's Latin American restaurants and bakeries. Verizon is the signature sponsor of the literacy campaign and is proud to work with TRC to promote the importance of reading for all of Arlington’s kids and families.To learn more about TRC and the community reading festival, visit http://www.thereadingconnection.org/contribute/arlington-kids-read.
Virginia Literacy Foundation
Through a recent two-year (2011 - 2012) $250,000 Verizon Foundation grant, the Virginia Literacy Foundation will work to strengthen literacy programs in largely rural, far suburban and underserved areas in Virginia by providing technical assistance, training and program improvement grants. Read the press release.
(From left) former Virginia Literacy Foundation Founder and Chair (and former First Lady) Jeannie Baliles; Verizon Virginia Regional Vice President B. Keith Fulton; and Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell.
Library of Virginia
The Library of Virginia received a $20,000 Verizon Foundation grant to support online study skills training. Utilizing specialized online tools, libraries across Virginia will assist students in grades 3-8 to develop better study skills, reading comprehension, and research abilities that will help them in all areas of their education, including Math, English, Science, Technology and Social Studies.
Powerful Answers - TinyTap
TinyTap- A growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.
Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org) is a free comprehensive educational website that provides tens of thousands of free educational resources including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactive games and printable worksheets. Learn more atwww.thinkfinity.org.