Bell Atlantic to Award $100,000 in Grants to New Jersey Schools for Innovative Use of Technology

Bell Atlantic to Award $100,000 in Grants to New Jersey Schools for
Innovative Use of Technology

Schools Continue New Jersey Tradition of Excellence

January 23, 1997

Media contacts:

Bell Atlantic

Tim Ireland 201-649-2279


NEWARK, N.J. - Seven school districts and consortia
from across the state will receive cash awards tonight from Bell
Atlantic-New Jersey to fund projects that encourage students to learn
with the latest technology.

The grants, which total nearly $100,000, are part of the company'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.

This is the third year for the grant program.

Bell Atlantic-New Jersey President HREF="http://www.ba.com/speeches/profiles/lauer.html"> Len J. Lauer
lauded the winners for continuing New Jersey's tradition of technological
innovation and intellectual excellence.

"Life would be unthinkable without the technological contributions
of past generations of New Jerseyans: photographic film, electric light,
condensed soup, FM broadcasting and the first home television set,"
Lauer said.

"Together, Bell Atlantic and these outstanding New Jersey educators
are helping the next generation of inventors shape their world as boldly
as Thomas Edison, John Roebling and Hannibal Goodwin shaped theirs."

More than 300 public and private elementary and high schools applied for
the grants by submitting proposals to the New Jersey Association of
School Administrators 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 divergent student cultures.

Winners were notified on Jan. 15.

Award presentations will be made at 8:30 this evening during the New
Jersey Association of School Administrators Technology Conference dinner
at the Ocean Place Hilton in West Long Branch.

The Winners

Peterstown School, Elizabeth, Union County - Students
will use telecommunications to study and document lifestyle differences
between different generations and different cultures in Columbia, Italy
and the United States.

Eagleswood Elementary School, West Creek, Ocean County -
Students at Eagleswood will use the Internet to establish a sister school
relationship with a school in the United Kingdom.

Roosevelt School, New Brunswick, Middlesex County -
Teachers as the school will use an ISDN connection to the Internet to
launch a community-based social studies curriculum.

River Dell Regional Schools, Oradell, Bergen County -
The River Dell schools and schools from four other states will be linked
together so students can help teach each other computational geometry and
the JAVA computer programming language.

Mountain Lakes Public Schools, Morris County - Mountain
Lakes will establish and share a statewide electronic clearinghouse for
information related to the study of New Jersey.

Montclair Cooperative School (private), Essex County -
The school will create an electronic link between Montclair and the
International School of Madrid to help students study different languages
and cultures.

Walther School, Lumberton, Burlington County - Third
graders will use the Internet to study and track the progress of the
Monarch Butterfly from California to Mexico.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL)
is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and
information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the
premier provider of local telecommunications and advanced services.
Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless
communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial
interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all
phases of the industry.