Bell Atlantic Foundation Awards $1.5 Million for Excellence in Education

Bell Atlantic Foundation Awards $1.5 Million for Excellence in Education

October 1, 1997

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NEW YORK -- The Bell Atlantic Foundation today granted $1.5 million in Excellence in Education Awards to 64 colleges, universities, public schools and community organizations engaged in educational technology initiatives in New York and New England.

U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley joined company officials and educators at Bell Atlantic's corporate headquarters in Manhattan for the announcement.

The recipients were recognized for their work in developing programs that use computers and telecommunications technology to help improve and enrich the learning environment.

"Helping improve the quality of education in the communities that we serve is vitally important to Bell Atlantic," said Raymond W. Smith, the company's chairman and CEO. "Of course, we must remember that technology alone won't do the job of improving our nation's schools. It also takes teacher and student dedication and training, parental and neighborhood involvement -- and these

grants will go a long way in making this happen."

The Bell Atlantic Excellence in Education Awards, which range from $5,000 to $100,000, will help fund a wide array of programs that address issues of integrating technology into the college and secondary school curricula.

Largest Awards in New York and Massachusetts

The four largest awards of $100,000 each over two years went to Community School District 13 in Brooklyn, N.Y.; St. John's University in Queens, N.Y.; North Shore Community College in Danvers, Mass. and the Fall River Public Schools in Fall River, Mass.

Brooklyn's Community School District 13 plans to enrich the existing curricula at three middle schools -- JHS #113, JHS #117 and JHS #258 -- by incorporating a comprehensive multimedia component. The grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation will be used to support classroom-based staff development sessions, hands-on classroom activities and the acquisition of new multimedia equipment.

St. John's University's Project SMILE (Student, Multimedia, Internet, Learning Exchange) is a collaboration with Community School District 32 in Queens. The project involves approximately 30 teachers and an equal number of teachers in training and their professors from the university. They will employ a participatory approach to learning in three of the district's middle schools, with an emphasis on student discussion and teamwork.

The award to North Shore Community College in Danvers, Mass. supports the "New Century Schools" project that connects with the Massachusetts Consortium of Colleges for Distance Learning. North Shore's program is an integral link in a full interactive audio, video and data network in conjunction with the Lynn School to Work Partnership and Gloucester High School. Part of the Bell

Atlantic Foundation grant will be used to train teachers at the high school to use newly acquired video conferencing equipment, as well as in the instructional possibilities of the Internet and its impact on teaching methods and curriculum.

The Fall River Public Schools in Fall River, Mass. are engaged in an effort to redefine and strengthen the "Career Pathway for Communications and Telecommunications" at Durfee High

School that serves about 3,000 students. By adding multiple-networked labs throughout the high school and giving students access to the Internet, the school district hopes to expand the program to reach all students.

The Bell Atlantic Foundation administers all domestic and international philanthropic grants on behalf of Bell Atlantic. The Foundation's philanthropic emphasis is on providing safe havens for

youth and grants to technology and education, arts and human services.

A complete list of grant recipients is attached. For more information on the Bell Atlantic Foundation, visit http://www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.

1997 Bell Atlantic Excellence in Education Award Winners

Bell Atlantic Leadership Grants

North Shore Community College (Danvers, Mass.)$100,000/2 years
Fall River Public Schools (Fall River, Mass.)$100,000/2 years
University of Vermont & State Agricultural College (Burlington, Vt.)$50,000/2 years
Community School District #13 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) $100,000/2 years
St. John's University (Jamaica, N.Y.)$100,000/2 years
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, N.Y.)$50,000/2 years
Bell Atlantic Innovator Grants

New England:

Cape Cod Community College (West Barnstable, Mass.)$20,000
City of Quincy/Public Schools (Quincy, Mass.)$20,000
Middlesex Community College (Lowell, Mass.)$25,000
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School (Bellerica, Mass.)$23,000
Earthwatch (Watertown, Mass.)$15,000
University of Massachusetts-Lowell/Tsongas Center (Lowell, Mass.)$21,200
Worcester Natural History Society New England Science Center (Worcester, Mass.)$20,000
ACCEPT Educational Collaborative (Framingham, Mass.)$20,000
Alliance for Education (Worcester, Mass.)$25,000
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.)$20,000
Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District (Upton, Mass.)$10,000
Wentworth Institute of Technology (Boston, Mass.)$25,000
University of Massachusetts-Boston$23,000
Massachusetts College of Art Foundation(Boston, Mass.)$15,000
City of Taunton/Comprehensive High School (Taunton, Mass.)$21,300
Community Action, Inc. (Haverhill, Mass.)$23,000
Springfield College (Springfield, Mass.)$10,000
Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, Mass.)$10,000
University of Maine at Farmington$17,500
Colby College (Waterville, Me.)$20,000
St. Joseph's College-Maine (Standish, Me.)$16,000
Audobon Society of New Hampshire (Concord, N.H.)$15,000
Plymouth State College (Plymouth, N.H.)$20,000
Center of Hispanic Policy & Advocacy (Providence, R.I.)$20,000
Warwick Chamber Education Foundation (Warwick, R.I.)$20,000
Castleton State College (Castleton, Vt.)$24,700
College of St. Joseph (Rutland, Vt.)$16,000
New York:

New York University (New York, N.Y.)$25,000
Research Foundation of CUNY. Baruch College (New York, N.Y.) $18,000
Teachers & Writers Collaborative (New York, N.Y.)$10,000
ASPIRA of New York, Inc. (New York, N.Y.)$10,000
New Visions for Public Schools (New York, N.Y.)$16,000
Teachers Network IMPACT II (New York, N.Y.)$15,000
Barnard College (New York, N.Y.)$23,000
Lehman College Art Gallery (The Bronx, N.Y.)$23,500
Manhattan College (Riverdale, N.Y.)$25,000
Manhattan School of Music (New York, N.Y.) $15,000
New York Institute for Special Education (The Bronx, N.Y.)$13,500
Community School District #18 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) $20,000
Salvadori Education Center for the Built Environment/ Walt Whitman Intermediate School (Brooklyn, N.Y.)$15,000
Fort Greene-Crowne Heights Youth Service Coalition (Brooklyn, N.Y.)$16,000
Research Foundation of CUNY/New York City Technical College (Brooklyn, N.Y.)$16,000
St. Francis College Department of Education (Brooklyn, N.Y.)$10,000
Fund for NYC Public Schools/RFK Community Middle-High School(Flushing, N.Y.)$15,000
Research Foundation of CUNY/York College (Jamaica, N.Y.)$10,000
Futures in Education Foundation (Douglaston, N.Y.)$10,000
Lawrence Public Schools (Lawrence, N.Y.)$15,000
Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional School (Southampton, N.Y.)$13,000
Institute for Community Development (Manhasset, N.Y.)$10,000
Dominican College (Orangeburg, N.Y.)$17,000
Partners for a Better Education (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.)$15,000
Research Foundation of SUNY-Plattsburgh$25,000
Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)$18,000
Clarkson University (Clarkson, N.Y.)$15,000
Utica College, School of Nursing (Syracuse, N.Y.)$10,000
State University of New York at Buffalo$25,000
Trocaire College (Buffalo, N.Y.)$21,500