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Company renews $100,000 commitment for

CHARLESTON, WV - Seventeen teachers from 13 West Virginia public
schools will use $58,255 in grants from the Bell Atlantic® WORLD
SCHOOL(sm) Grant Program to help their students
tap the vast resources
of the Internet. Each project will use the Internet to provide
students and others with hands-on learning experiences that reach far
beyond the borders of the state.

Bell Atlantic also announced today that it will fund the WORLD SCHOOL
Grant Program with $100,000 in 1996, the second year of the program.

"This latest round of grant winners continues what is becoming a
tradition of teachers' innovation in melding technology into the
classroom," said Dennis Bone, Bell Atlantic-West Virginia president
and CEO. "As a business person and a parent, I'm delighted at the
creativity that West Virginia's teachers bring to their jobs."

The WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program is designed to encourage West Virginia
educators to creatively integrate telecommunications technology and
collaborative learning into classrooms using the Internet. With these
latest grants, Bell Atlantic-West Virginia has awarded more than
$80,000 in grants to 24 teachers at 20 schools.

New grant winners include:
  • Carol O'Conner, Harts High School -- $6,000 for a science
    program that pairs students with science and aviation mentors via
    e-mail and the Internet. The student/mentor teams will build model
    airplanes and learn about the science of flight.
  • Christine Richards, Doddridge County High School, West Union
    $4,670 for equipment that will enable the school to train student
    groups to become effective seekers of information using cooperative
    learning and technology.
  • Connie Hays, Holz Elementary School, Charleston -- $3,088.80
    four projects: a fourth-grade West Virginia Capitol project; a
    fifth-grade project that analyzes information gathered from a local
    cemetery; a sixth-grade project on space exploration, and a joint
    fourth-sixth grade project in which the students will produce a home
    page site for "Project Home in West Virginia," an earlier
    SCHOOL Grant Program project.
  • Mary Jane Williams, Richwood High School -- $7,605 to assist
    in the
    establishment of technology centers that will provide technical
    support to students and teachers in using the Internet and related
  • Dennis Gallon, Carol Townsend and Vicki Wilson, North
    School, Morgantown
    -- $3,654 for a liquid crystal display
    projection panel that will assist a teacher in training groups of
    students on how to use the Internet as a research and communications
    tool. Students will use the Internet to research particular
    cultures and communicate with electronic "key pals" through
  • Julian Hatcher, Ripley Middle School -- $3,845 for equipment
    will assist a teacher in training groups of students on how to use
    the Internet as a research and communications tool.
  • Janice Magro and Carol Trythall, Cass Elementary School, Osage
    $7,823.50 to help equip the school's library with resources needed
    to train teachers, administrators and parents in the uses of
    technology for learning. Students will use technology and the
    Internet to locate network resources for their research on class
  • Susy Calvert, Betsy Way Childers and Joseph McBride, Woodrow
    High School and Maxwell Hill Gifted Center, Beckley
    -- $5,283.75
    a project that uses videoconferencing among elementary, high school
    and college level students to teach and learn foreign languages.
    The students also will collaboratively design and create multimedia
    units that use the target languages and incorporate all
    participants' images and voices.
  • Tom Gray, Man Junior High School -- $4,500 to
    "TriadelphiaNet," a virtual academic community of the seven
    in Logan County's Triadelphia school district. These schools will
    use the WORLD SCHOOL network to address issues such as K-12
    curriculum development, student testing and analysis, at-risk
    student and peer counseling, and community involvement in public
    education problem solving.
  • Sharon Malone, Kingwood Elementary School -- $4,005 for
    that will help provide group instruction to students, teachers,
    parents and community partners.
  • Nora Collett and Mary Lou Robertson, Keyser Primary/Middle
    and Frankfort Middle School in Ridgeley
    -- $7,780 for a project
    which eighth-grade students from both schools will work together to
    develop analytical writing skills. Using word processing programs
    in the school's computer labs, e-mail and teleconferencing, the
    students will develop creative writing techniques based on the
    styles of their favorite authors.

More on the WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program

The WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program complements the Bell Atlantic WORLD
SCHOOL project, through which the company is offering direct,
high-speed digital Internet access to more than 700 kindergarten
through twelfth-grade public schools in its West Virginia service area
by the end of 1996. More than 150 schools now have WORLD SCHOOL
Internet access, but teachers in all public schools served by Bell
Atlantic-West Virginia are eligible to submit grant applications.

The company awards individual grants up to $10,000. A panel of
education leaders and Bell Atlantic employees judge all grant
proposals. Grant money cannot be used to purchase tariffed telephone
services or computer hardware.

Bell Atlantic will award grants on an ongoing basis; the deadline to
submit applications for the 1996 grant cycle is Dec. 6. Interested
educators can obtain grant applications from the Bell Atlantic-West
Virginia public relations department by calling 1-800-642-8206.

Bell Atlantic Corporation (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.


for more information, contact:

    Harry Mitchell, 304-344-7562