Bell Atlantic Foundation Funds After-SchoolProgram at Preston County Youth Centers

Bell Atlantic Foundation Funds After-School Program at Preston County Youth Centers

Children to Use Internet as Learning Resource

Aug. 30, 1999

Media contact: Paul Miller, 304-344-0017
Don Molter, 304-623-6876

KINGWOOD, W.Va. -- Youngsters in Preston County will have an opportunity to use the Internet after school thanks to an $8,000 grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation.

The Preston County Caring Council will use the funds to purchase computers and software for its two Preston's Promise Youth Centers. The centers serve some 650 youth after school and are staffed by 160 volunteers.

"We're pleased that Bell Atlantic has chosen to focus much of its charitable effort on improving the quality of after-school care. The company has truly become a leader in corporate citizenship in West Virginia," said Dallas Bailey, director of the Governor's Cabinet of Children and Families.

"We're delighted we can bring new technology to the young people of Preston County," said Bell Atlantic Area Manager Don Molter. "Access to the Internet will open up a new world of learning opportunities for these youngsters."

Bell Atlantic's contributions to these agencies follow a pledge the company made in 1997 at the Governor's Summit for West Virginia's Future. The company agreed at that time to contribute a total of $100,000 over three years toward after-school programs.

Last year the Bell Atlantic Foundation contributed nearly $30,000 to after-school programs in West Virginia, and it expects to more than equal that amount this year.

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 more than 43 million telephone access lines and nearly 10 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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