Bell Atlantic Co-Sponsors Read-a-thon to Improve Literacy, Encourage Reading

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 1996

Bell Atlantic Co-Sponsors Read-a-thon

to Improve Literacy, Encourage Reading

Program to Reach Disadvantaged Students in 96
Schools Statewide


News Advisory: Interview/Photo
Opportunity

What:

    The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), in
    partnership with Bell Atlantic and other sponsors, is
    hosting a one-day, state-wide Read-a-thon. The event
    will highlight the announcement of a new statewide
    program called "Minds Across Maryland."

Why:

    Minds Across Maryland is designed to encourage children
    to read by involving parents and the community in
    reading to and with children; building a partnership
    modeled on Bell Atlantic's "Book 'Em" program,
    in
    which Bell Atlantic Telephone Pioneers and other
    employees read to children in schools throughout
    Maryland; and distributing 40,000 books and 40,000
    newspapers to disadvantaged children in Maryland.

Where:

    Primary media event:
    Park Elementary School
    201 East 11th Avenue (Brooklyn)
    Baltimore, MD 21225
    410-222-6593/6595 (NOTE: See attachment for
    directions)

    Other Read-a-thon events:
    Ninety-six elementary and middle schools in 24 local
    school systems throughout the state of Maryland.
    (NOTE: See attachment for additional
    Read-a-thon
    locations.)

When:

    Thursday, April 25, 1996
    Park Elementary School: 11 a.m.

    Other Maryland schools: 10 a.m. to noon, depending on
    the individual school and volunteer readers.

Who:

    Governor Parris Glendening; State Superintendent of
    Schools Nancy Grasmick; Maryland Delegate Joan Cadden;
    Bell Atlantic - Maryland President Dan Whelan; Bell
    Atlantic External Affairs Vice President John Dillon;
    Fox 45 News Anchor Tony Harris; Diamond Comic Books
    President Steve Geppi; NYLCARE CEO Jeff Emerson,
    Scholastic, Inc.; Senior Vice President Ernie
    Fleishman, and representatives from The Baltimore
    Sun
    ,
    NationsBank, the AmeriCorps Program and others.

Contact:

    Bell Atlantic: Michel Daley, 202-392-1021
    MSDE, Darla Strouse, 410-767-0369

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