08.15.2002Corporate

Stay Ahead of the Class with Back-to-School Ideas from Verizon SuperPages.com

DALLAS -- Whether buying new school supplies, meeting new teachers or selecting the perfect first-day-at-school outfit, students and parents experience both excitement and stress during the back-to-school rush. Luckily, Verizon SuperPages.com offers helpful resources to make returning to the classroom a positive experience. To get started, visit SuperPages.com (www.SuperPages.com) and click on the "Back to School" link, found under "What's New."


Backpack Safety


Learn tips for properly selecting and wearing a backpack, including:

  • Picking one that is appropriately sized for the student's body,

  • Loading the heaviest items first,

  • Limiting the maximum weight of a loaded backpack to no more than 15 percent of the student's weight, and

  • Keeping the backpack free of key chains or other dangling cords that could become tangled and result in injury.


Parenting: Reducing Back-to-School Stress


Parents can read up on ideas for reducing back-to-school stress, such as:

  • Addressing your children's concerns and starting a routine before school starts,

  • Giving your younger children two weeks before the first day of school to readjust to their new bedtime,

  • Reviewing the car pool/bus schedule, and

  • Asking your children to pack their backpacks and lay out their clothes the night before the big day.


Enlighten Me: Read. Learn. Explore.


You can help children prepare their minds for school by clicking on the link to Enlighten Me: Read, Learn, and Explore, SuperPages.com's literacy and education site. Enlighten Me stimulates intellectual exploration with challenging online activities that make learning fun. The site also provides parents, caregivers and teachers a robust educational resource that promotes the value of reading and creative learning. Children can play the original and interactive Peeknik Mysteries, a fun game that encourages SuperThinking skills such as logic, problem solving and imagination.


Tips for Teens


Teenagers will find valuable back-to-school suggestions, such as wearing their favorite clothes from last spring -- instead of the new ones --on the first day of school because they will be less nervous if they're wearing clothes that look good and feel comfortable.


In addition to back-to-school tips, SuperPages.com allows visitors to search for local stores that sell school supplies and provides links to Web sites that help students with homework. For more back-to-school ideas, visit http://www.SuperPages.comand click on the "Back-to-School" link, found under "What's New."


About Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com


Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher, a content provider for communications products and services, and the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. With operations in 14 countries and annual revenues of more than $4.3 billion, Verizon Information Services publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 400 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 150 million copies worldwide.


Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 13 million visits and 9 million unique visitors a month and powers directory services on MSN, InfoSpace, AltaVista, Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, Tripod and Angelfire as well as more than 2,500 affiliate Web sites.


The company supports computer literacy with philanthropic programs and through the Enlighten Me and Internet Learning Tutor sites on SuperPages.com. Enlighten Me is a fun site where children and their caregivers go to read, learn and explore. The Internet Learning Tutor is specifically designed for adults who are just learning their way around the Internet.


Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Through its signature Verizon Reads program and the Verizon Literacy Network, Verizon is leading the fight to increase U.S. literacy levels by creating community and corporate awareness, raising funds, encouraging collaboration among literacy providers and engaging employees in supporting literacy programs.


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Stay Ahead of the Class with Back-to-School Ideas from Verizon SuperPages.com

Students and Parents Find Helpful Resources about Backpack Safety, Coping with School Stress and More


August 15, 2002

Media contact:

Heidi Jaquish, Verizon, 972-453-6473

Eve Sheridan, Young & Associates, 301-309-9404


DALLAS -- Whether buying new school supplies, meeting new teachers or selecting the perfect first-day-at-school outfit, students and parents experience both excitement and stress during the back-to-school rush. Luckily, Verizon SuperPages.com offers helpful resources to make returning to the classroom a positive experience. To get started, visit SuperPages.com (www.SuperPages.com) and click on the "Back to School" link, found under "What's New."


Backpack Safety


Learn tips for properly selecting and wearing a backpack, including:

  • Picking one that is appropriately sized for the student's body,

  • Loading the heaviest items first,

  • Limiting the maximum weight of a loaded backpack to no more than 15 percent of the student's weight, and

  • Keeping the backpack free of key chains or other dangling cords that could become tangled and result in injury.


Parenting: Reducing Back-to-School Stress


Parents can read up on ideas for reducing back-to-school stress, such as:

  • Addressing your children's concerns and starting a routine before school starts,

  • Giving your younger children two weeks before the first day of school to readjust to their new bedtime,

  • Reviewing the car pool/bus schedule, and

  • Asking your children to pack their backpacks and lay out their clothes the night before the big day.


Enlighten Me: Read. Learn. Explore.


You can help children prepare their minds for school by clicking on the link to Enlighten Me: Read, Learn, and Explore, SuperPages.com's literacy and education site. Enlighten Me stimulates intellectual exploration with challenging online activities that make learning fun. The site also provides parents, caregivers and teachers a robust educational resource that promotes the value of reading and creative learning. Children can play the original and interactive Peeknik Mysteries, a fun game that encourages SuperThinking skills such as logic, problem solving and imagination.


Tips for Teens


Teenagers will find valuable back-to-school suggestions, such as wearing their favorite clothes from last spring -- instead of the new ones --on the first day of school because they will be less nervous if they're wearing clothes that look good and feel comfortable.


In addition to back-to-school tips, SuperPages.com allows visitors to search for local stores that sell school supplies and provides links to Web sites that help students with homework. For more back-to-school ideas, visit http://www.SuperPages.comand click on the "Back-to-School" link, found under "What's New."


About Verizon Information Services and SuperPages.com


Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher, a content provider for communications products and services, and the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. With operations in 14 countries and annual revenues of more than $4.3 billion, Verizon Information Services publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 400 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 150 million copies worldwide.


Based in the Dallas area, Verizon Information Services produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's #1 online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 13 million visits and 9 million unique visitors a month and powers directory services on MSN, InfoSpace, AltaVista, Excite, Lycos, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, BigFoot, Tripod and Angelfire as well as more than 2,500 affiliate Web sites.


The company supports computer literacy with philanthropic programs and through the Enlighten Me and Internet Learning Tutor sites on SuperPages.com. Enlighten Me is a fun site where children and their caregivers go to read, learn and explore. The Internet Learning Tutor is specifically designed for adults who are just learning their way around the Internet.


Verizon Information Services is a unit of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Through its signature Verizon Reads program and the Verizon Literacy Network, Verizon is leading the fight to increase U.S. literacy levels by creating community and corporate awareness, raising funds, encouraging collaboration among literacy providers and engaging employees in supporting literacy programs.


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