DALLAS - In its ongoing commitment to improving computer literacy in the communities it serves, Dallas-based Verizon Information Services will present a $45,000 grant to North Dallas High School (NDHS) that will provide computers, software and books to enhance the computer literacy skills of students. The donation also includes $75,000 worth of refurbished PCs to be used in the school's computer lab. NDHS is an inner city school with more than 90 percent minority enrollment, including young men and women from over 32 countries.
At an on-campus pep rally at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, Verizon Information Services Vice President - Marketing Pat Marshal will present the $45,000 check to NDHS Partners in Education President James "Buff" Parham. Educators and community leaders will join the ceremony, and NDHS band members, cheerleaders, athletes and theater students lead the audience in a Verizon SuperPages cheer.
"When it comes to success in today's high-tech world, Verizon recognizes that computer literacy is becoming just as important as the ability to read a book," Marshall stated. "We are delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to a prosperous future for the young men and women of North Dallas High School."
Parham added, "We are extremely grateful to Verizon Information Services for their generous contribution. It will make possible a significant expansion of our computer education curriculum, and it will help ensure that our students are able to compete for desirable, career-oriented jobs after they graduate." Annually, more than 900 students benefit from the school's computer education program.
Verizon's grant will fund the purchase of new computers and associated software and learning materials that will be located in a main computer lab in the school's library and smaller labs in designated classrooms. In addition, students in computer repair classes will use computers donated from Verizon's inventory.
North Dallas High School was founded in 1921 to develop students into independent learners, creative problem solvers and productive citizens. In 1996 the Texas State Senate recognized them as the First International School of Texas. In 1997 the United States Congress as the First International School of America honored them. Today, North Dallas High School's strong scholarship, academic, technology and athletic programs, as well as a 24:1 student-to-teacher ratio, continue to foster academic success.
Verizon Information Services is the world's leading print and online directory publisher and a content provider for communications products and services. The largest directory publisher in the world, Verizon has annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and publishes nearly 1,200 U.S. Verizon SuperPages directories and 400 international directories with a total circulation of approximately 142 million copies worldwide. Verizon Information Services also produces and markets SuperPages.com, the Internet's preeminent online directory and shopping resource. SuperPages.com receives as many as 9.7 million visits and completes as many as 37.8 million searches per month. Based in the Dallas area, 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 committed to 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. Verizon Information Services supports community outreach programs across the nation designed to increase the literacy rate of children and adults, and to help people of all ages become computer literate.
For more information on Verizon Information Services, visit www.verizonyellowpages.com. For more information on Verizon's literacy programs, visit www.SuperPages.com and click on the Verizon Reads icon.
DeAnna Kriege, Verizon Information Services,