Bell Atlantic Awards Grants to Schools in Charleston, Huntington

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Teachers at schools in Huntington and Charleston will receive funds from the Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program to help them use the global resources of the Internet for education.

Bell Atlantic - West Virginia distributed over $50,000 in grants from the Bell Atlantic Foundation for this effort in 1998. Since launching the WORLD SCHOOL grants program four years ago, Bell Atlantic has given over $260,000 to West Virginia schools.

The latest grant winners are John Adams Junior High School and St. Agnes School, both located in Charleston, and St. Joseph Grade School in Huntington.

"Today's classroom is no longer limited to four walls and a blackboard," said Dennis Bone, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - West Virginia. "The world is now the classroom, and schools must be able to communicate globally. No one knows this better than the teachers who applied for these grants. We at Bell Atlantic applaud them for their innovative spirit."

John Adams Junior High School will receive a $930 grant to purchase a slide scanner. Students will use the scanner to construct a World Wide Web site about West Virginia -- its history, geography, plants, animals and industries. The teacher is Bob Frostick.

St. Agnes School (preschool - eighth grade) is awarded $3,390 to buy a digital camera and Internet-related software. Under the direction of teacher Betsy Lyle, students will use the camera and software to conduct research about other countries. The students will use this information to share their own ancestral cultural heritage with others.

St. Joseph Grade School will receive a grant of $3,630 to support a history and technology project for sixth graders. Students will use the Internet to gather details about their ancestors' homelands. The grant is earmarked for a digital camera and Internet-related software. St. Joseph teacher Jeanette Bills applied for the funding.

Bell Atlantic plans to award a total of $40,000 in WORLD SCHOOL grants in 1999. Additional winners will be announced throughout the year.

Educators can learn more about these and other projects by accessing the WORLD SCHOOL site on the World Wide Web. The Web address for WORLD SCHOOL is http://www.wvaworldschool.org.

In addition to providing financial support for schools through the WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program, Bell Atlantic 's WORLD SCHOOL project has helped nearly 700 public and private schools in West Virginia get high-speed digital Internet access. Teachers in all public and private schools served by Bell Atlantic - West Virginia are eligible to submit applications for the WORLD SCHOOL grant program.

The company awards individual WORLD SCHOOL grants of up to $4,000. A panel of education leaders and Bell Atlantic employees judges all grant proposals. Grant money cannot be used to purchase tariffed telephone services or hardware, such as computer monitors, hard disk drives, printers or liquid crystal display (LCD) panels.

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