07.07.1999|Corporate

Bell Atlantic Selects Two West Virginia Schools for WORLD SCHOOL Grants

Bell Atlantic Selects Two West Virginia Schools for WORLD SCHOOL Grants

Monies to Help Teachers Use Internet for Education

July 7, 1999

Media contact: Paul Miller, 304-344-0017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia teachers in Marion and Wayne counties will receive funds from the Bell Atlantic WORLD SCHOOL® Grant Program to help them use the global resources of the Internet for education.

Since launching the WORLD SCHOOL grants program four years ago, Bell Atlantic has given over $265,000 to West Virginia schools.

The latest grant winners are Fairview Elementary School in Marion County and Crum Middle School in Wayne 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."

Fairview Elementary School will receive a grant of $590 to purchase weather-related software. Third-grade students will use the Internet to study climates throughout the world and collect data on local weather patterns. The teacher is Diana Kay Wells.

Crum Middle School is awarded $1,660 to purchase software and other equipment so that the Internet can be used as a research tool for classes on "Famous American Authors," Mythology and Famous Poets," and "Culture and Society in Other Countries." The teacher is Victory Lee Ramey.

Bell Atlantic plans to award a total of $40,000 in WORLD SCHOOL grants in 1999. The company has disbursed more than $15,000 so far this year and will announce additional winners throughout the year.

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

In addition to providing financial support for schools through the WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program, Bell Atlantic's WORLD SCHOOL project has helped nearly 700 public and private schools in West Virginia get high- speed digital Internet access. Teachers in all public and private schools served by Bell Atlantic - West Virginia are eligible to submit applications for the WORLD SCHOOL grant program.

The company awards individual WORLD SCHOOL grants of up to $4,000. A panel of leaders in education and Bell Atlantic employees judges all grant proposals. Grant money cannot be used to purchase tariffed telephone services or hardware, such as computer monitors, hard disk drives, printers or liquid crystal display panels.

Educators can obtain applications on the WORLD SCHOOL grants program by calling the Bell Atlantic - West Virginia public relations office at 1-800-642-8206.

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 43 million telephone access lines and nine 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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