Bell Atlantic Awards WORLD SCHOOL Grants To Schools in Harrison, Marion, Wood Counties

Bell Atlantic Awards WORLD SCHOOL Grants To Schools in Harrison, Marion, Wood Counties

Monies to Help Teachers Use Internet for Education

February 25, 2000

Media contact: Paul Miller, 304-344-0017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia teachers at four schools in Harrison, Marion and Wood counties will receive Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL® grants to help them use the global resources of the Internet in the classroom. The grants, totaling $7,200, are provided by the Bell Atlantic Foundation.

The latest grant winners are Bridgeport Middle School and Bridgeport High School, both in Harrison County; Kanawha Elementary School at Davisville in Wood County, and Miller Junior High School in Marion County.

"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."

Bridgeport Middle School will receive a grant of $1,638 to enable students to explore the Internet for answers to hypothetical questions drawn from history and science. For example, some students will be asked to research and identify which presidential candidate they would have voted for had George Washington decided he did not want to become president. Others would be asked to identify which endangered species they would choose to save if they were presented with $1 million for the cause. Jan Frenzel is the teacher coordinating the project.

Bridgeport High School will receive $3,896 to study the scientific properties of light waves using the resources of the Internet. Then, using a helium-neon laser, the students will produce holograms in a variety of conditions. The research and experiment data will be posted on the school's Web site. Teacher Michele Todd is coordinating the project.

Kanawha Elementary School will receive a grant of $962 to enable third grade students to use the Internet to track animal migration and learn about other cultures. Jay Phillips is the teacher overseeing the project.

Miller Junior High School will use a grant of $718 to allow students to use the Internet to plan the itinerary for an informational tour of West Virginia. Students will gather information about West Virginia's landmarks, transportation systems, history and points of interest. The teacher coordinating the effort is Regina Scotchie.

Bell Atlantic has awarded over $300,000 in WORLD SCHOOL grants since the program began in 1994. Additional grants, totaling $40,000, are expected to be awarded to more teachers later this year.

Educators can learn more about these and other projects by visiting the WORLD SCHOOL site on the World Wide Web at http://www.wvaworldschool.org.

In addition to providing financial support for schools through the WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program, the Bell Atlantic project has helped over 800 public and private schools in West Virginia get high-speed, digital Internet access. Teachers in all public and private schools served by Bell Atlantic in West Virginia are eligible to submit applications for the WORLD SCHOOL grants program.

Educators can get information on applying for WORLD SCHOOL grants on the Internet at www.bellatlantic.com/ba-wv/wsgrant.htm

The Bell Atlantic Foundation supports a variety of projects domestically and internationally, with an emphasis on new technology applications in education, health and human services, the arts and humanities, and civic development in the communities served by Bell Atlantic. For more information, visit www.bellatlanticfoundation.com on the Internet.

Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With nearly 44 million telephone access lines and 12 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.

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