Bell Atlantic Announces Opportunity New Jersey Grant Winners

January 25, 1996


Schools to Continue New Jersey Tradition of Technical

Newark -- Seven schools and consortia from across the state will
receive cash awards tonight at the Ocean Place Hilton in West Long
Branch for projects that encourage students to learn with the latest

The grants, which together total nearly $100,000, are part of Bell
Atlantic-New Jersey's Opportunity New Jersey (ONJ) School Grant
Project, a competitive, statewide program that encourages schools to
use telecommunications technology as a hands-on learning tool.

Bell Atlantic-New Jersey President Len Lauer lauded the winners for
adhering to New Jersey's long tradition of technological innovation
and intellectual excellence.

"This, after all, is where Edison illuminated the world, and
pondered the universe," Lauer said. "Together, Bell Atlantic
these outstanding schools are encouraging New Jersey's next generation
of pioneering inventors and dazzling thinkers."

More than 300 public and private elementary and high schools submitted
proposals to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators
(NJASA) before Dec. 15, 1996.

In their proposals, competing schools explained how they would expose
students to telecommunications technologies, introduce innovative
teaching methods and use technology to bridge diverse student

Winners were announced on Jan. 12.

Tonight's awards banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. Presentations
will take place at 8 p.m.

    Salem County Vo Tech, Salem County -- Countywide training
    accelerate the introduction of videoconferencing to the five
    school-district partners involved in the Salem 2000 project.

    Kearny High School, Hudson County -- Expansion of the
    Japanese-language program through the use of compressed video
    linkages to Japanese business and cultural institutions. The
    program also will include Bayonne and Harrison high schools.

    Warren Point School (Fairlawn), Bergen, Monmouth and Sussex

    -- In collaboration with elementary schools in Morganville
    (Monmouth County) and Layton (Sussex County) this project will
    use Intel Pro Share to allow students to conduct comparative
    environmental studies.

    Westfield/Plainfield Public Schools, Union County -- This project
    use compressed video and Internet-based resources to expand an
    existing Latin Academy that brings together high-achieving
    students from both districts.

    Cape May Alternative High School, Cape May County -- This project
    use ISDN video and data services to bring challenged students
    (ages 14 through 21) a curriculum that will instill an
    understanding of the arts.

    Canfield Ave. School (Mine Hill), Morris County -- This project
    offer ISDN-based services to students, faculty and parents
    during evening sessions held at the school.

    Katzenbach School for the Deaf, Mercer County -- This project will
    compressed video to link Katzenbach and the Invention Factory, a
    Trenton-based science museum, to allow students to share

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for more information, contact:

    Tim Ireland, 201-649-2279