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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
News Advisory: Interview/Photo
- 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."
- 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,
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.
- Primary media event:
Park Elementary School
201 East 11th Avenue (Brooklyn)
Baltimore, MD 21225
410-222-6593/6595 (NOTE: See attachment for
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
- 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.
- 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
NationsBank, the AmeriCorps Program and others.
- Bell Atlantic: Michel Daley, 202-392-1021
MSDE, Darla Strouse, 410-767-0369