02.07.1997|Corporate

Bell Atlantic Receives Award Of Excellence For Its Commitment To Education In Maryland


Bell Atlantic Receives Award Of Excellence For Its Commitment To Education In Maryland

Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation Honor Local Phone Company

February 7, 1997


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BALTIMORE -- Bell Atlantic is the 1997 recipient of the Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation Award of Excellence for Achievement in Education. The award will be presented by the chamber Saturday, Feb. 8, during an awards dinner at the BWI Marriott Hotel.

The chamber's award will recognize Bell Atlantic's corporate commitment to programs benefiting Maryland students at all levels - including adult education - as well as the company's leading-edge technology in the classroom.

"This is a great honor for Bell Atlantic that reinforces our commitment to make a contribution to the communities we serve," said Daniel J. Whelan, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic - Maryland. "Through our efforts in education, we have seen what can be achieved when business and government work together to prepare our children for the 21st century. Our Logan Online project, for example, shows us everyday that telecommunications can make a significant impact on educational performance."

In 1996, Bell Atlantic began a unique and far-reaching educational project in Baltimore County called Logan Online. The company is the lead corporate partner in the project, which has equipped Logan Elementary School and the homes of third graders with personal computers, ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) telecommunications service, electronic mail and Internet capabilities. Bell Atlantic's investment in this project is a showcase of the learning environment of the 21st century, and will help schools across the state learn how to incorporate technology in the classroom.

Bell Atlantic also has created a distance learning network for the state's school systems. Using distance learning, a teacher in one location can teach students in multiple classrooms over an interactive voice and video connection. Bell Atlantic has pledged $13.5 million to provide distance learning equipment to every public high school, college and university across the state that wishes to participate in the Maryland distance learning network.

In addition, Bell Atlantic supported the Governor's Net Weekend project in September by making a corporate contribution and by enlisting the help of more than 250 employees and family members. The volunteers helped install wiring to provide Internet access in schools throughout the state.

Bell Atlantic employees are an important part of the company's educational support. The Telephone Pioneers, an organization of employees and retirees, have donated more than 53,000 books to Maryland elementary school students through a program called "Book 'Em." The Pioneers also paint 20-by-30-foot maps of the United States on school playgrounds to make geography fun for students and teachers, and conduct fund-raisers for scholarships for students with disabilities.

Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new communications, entertainment and information industry. In the mid-Atlantic region, the company is the premier provider of local telecommunications and advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively developing high-growth national and international business opportunities in all phases of the industry.

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