Bell Atlantic Awards Grants to Schools in Charleston, Huntington

Bell Atlantic Awards Grants to Schools in Charleston, Huntington

Company Helps Teachers Harness Power of Internet

January 15, 1999


Paul Miller,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Teachers at schools in Huntington and Charleston
will receive funds from the Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program
to help them use the global resources of the Internet for education.

Bell Atlantic - West Virginia distributed over $50,000 in grants from the
Bell Atlantic Foundation for this effort in 1998. Since launching the
WORLD SCHOOL grants program four years ago, Bell Atlantic has given over
$260,000 to West Virginia schools.

The latest grant winners are John Adams Junior High School and St. Agnes
School, both located in Charleston, and St. Joseph Grade School in

"Today's classroom is no longer limited to four walls and a blackboard,"
said Dennis Bone, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - West Virginia. "The
world is now the classroom, and schools must be able to communicate
globally. No one knows this better than the teachers who applied for
these grants. We at Bell Atlantic applaud them for their innovative spirit."

John Adams Junior High School will receive a $930 grant to purchase a slide
scanner. Students will use the scanner to construct a World Wide Web site
about West Virginia -- its history, geography, plants, animals and industries.
The teacher is Bob Frostick.

St. Agnes School (preschool - eighth grade) is awarded $3,390 to buy a digital
camera and Internet-related software. Under the direction of teacher Betsy
Lyle, students will use the camera and software to conduct research about
other countries. The students will use this information to share their own
ancestral cultural heritage with others.

St. Joseph Grade School will receive a grant of $3,630 to support a history and
technology project for sixth graders. Students will use the Internet to gather
details about their ancestors' homelands. The grant is earmarked for a digital
camera and Internet-related software. St. Joseph teacher Jeanette Bills
applied for the funding.

Bell Atlantic plans to award a total of $40,000 in WORLD SCHOOL grants in
1999. Additional winners will be announced throughout the year.

Educators can learn more about these and other projects by accessing the
WORLD SCHOOL site on the World Wide Web. The Web address for
WORLD SCHOOL is http://www.wvaworldschool.org.

In addition to providing financial support for schools through the WORLD
SCHOOL Grant Program, Bell Atlantic 's WORLD SCHOOL project has
helped nearly 700 public and private schools in West Virginia get high-speed
digital Internet access. Teachers in all public and private schools served by
Bell Atlantic - West Virginia are eligible to submit applications for the
WORLD SCHOOL grant program.

The company awards individual WORLD SCHOOL grants of up to $4,000.
A panel of education leaders and Bell Atlantic employees judges all grant
proposals. Grant money cannot be used to purchase tariffed telephone
services or hardware, such as computer monitors, hard disk drives, printers or
liquid crystal display (LCD) panels.

Educators can obtain applications on the WORLD SCHOOL grants program
by calling the Bell Atlantic - West Virginia public relations office at

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and
internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in
education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic
development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more
information, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information
industry. With 42 million telephone access lines and eight million wireless
customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of
advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services
and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic
companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global
communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.