Bell Atlantic Volunteers Achieve Goal Of Wiring Baltimore City Schools For Internet Access
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Bell Atlantic Volunteers Achieve Goal Of Wiring Baltimore City Public Schools For Internet Access
Company, Local and State Officials Recognize Group In Special Ceremony
August 22, 1997
school year with a paved route to the information superhighway, thanks
to a group of Bell Atlantic volunteers who have wired the city's
public schools for Internet access.
Members of the group, known as "Web" Slingers, have spent their
evenings and weekends for the last several months pulling wire and
installing equipment in over 80 city schools. Today, these volunteers
will be honored in a special ceremony at Malcolm X Elementary, the
final school to be wired. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Mayor Kurt
L. Schmoke and Bell Atlantic- Maryland President and CEO Sherry F.
Bellamy will be on hand for the celebration and the final wiring.
They will be joined by local and state school and government
"Bell Atlantic is proud to take the lead in preparing our children for
the 21st century," Bellamy said. "Today's workers must have the
skills to use a computer and get online. These employee volunteers
have played a key role in making the possibilities for learning as
endless as the horizon and as creative as a child's imagination."
"Web" Slingers was formed last October with six members working one
Saturday a month. The group is headed by Peggy L. Rice, a senior
engineer at Bell Atlantic, whose passion for this project evolved from
her personal desire to ensure that her grandson's school could access
"Web" Slingers now has 50 members and since October, they have donated
over 2,000 hours of their personal time to the project. As part of
their commitment to improving education for Baltimore City youth, the
group also has partnered with the city's YouthWorks summer jobs
program. Youth from that program learned valuable job skills and
helped the "Web" Slingers achieve their goal of wiring all schools
before the fall semester. Baltimore City public school students soon
will be able to surf the Internet and gather information from across
"At Bell Atlantic, we recognize that we all have to give something
back to the community," Rice said. "We get a great feeling by
helping, the schools get some needed assistance, and the children
benefit from the wealth of knowledge that will be at their
Bell Atlantic has been heavily involved in educational initiatives in
Maryland for over a decade, and the company's employees are an
important part of its educational support.
The new Bell Atlantic - formed through the merger of Bell Atlantic and
NYNEX - is at the forefront of the new communications, information and
entertainment industry. With 40 million telephone access lines and
5.5 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 21 countries.