Thirteen South Jersey Schools Benefit From Verizon Literacy and Technology Grants

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Verizon is providing $110,000 in grants to 13 South Jersey schools to assist with improving technology in the classroom.

The grants, announced today at the New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention here, will be used to provide technology training for individuals involved with school-to-work programs, assisting people with disabilities in acquiring computer skills, and basic literacy programs that build on reading skills for children.

"Improving technology in the classroom is critical in preparing today's students for tomorrow's workforce," said Dennis Bone, president of Verizon New Jersey.  "These grants will be used to make the learning experience more meaningful for students and increase their future career choices."

Schools receiving the grants, which range from $3,000 to $22,000, include:

  • Atlantic County:  Folsom Elementary School and Oakcrest High School

  • Burlington County:  Evesham Township Schools and New Hanover Township Schools

  • Camden County:  Berlin Borough Schools, Cherry Hill Township Schools, the LEAP Academy

  • Cape May County:  Cape May County Special Services District

  • Cumberland County:   Millville School District and the Stow Creek Township School

  • Gloucester County:  Sewell Township Schools and Woodbury Township Schools

  • Salem County:  Salem County Vocational School

"These programs realize the Verizon Foundation's mission of building more literate and vibrant communities across our nation," said Jennifer Young, external affairs director for Verizon New Jersey.   "Basic and computer literacy are increasingly important tools for success in the 21st century, and they are tools that these programs are putting in the hands of tomorrow's leaders."

Verizon delivers technology that touches life. The Verizon Foundation uses that technology and its financial resources to improve literacy and K-12 education; help families victimized by domestic violence; and improve the delivery of health care. In 2005, the foundation awarded more than $74 million in grants to charitable and nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, which is one of the largest employee volunteer programs in the United States and responsible for 2 million hours of community service since 2000 and $35.6 million in combined contributions to nonprofits in 2005 alone.

For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

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