Bell Atlantic - WV Awards Two Educators WORLD SCHOOL Grants
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 1996
BELL ATLANTIC AWARDS TWO STATE EDUCATORS
WORLD SCHOOL GRANTS
Holz Elementary, Magnolia High Teachers Win Funding to Tap
CHARLESTON and NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.VA. - Teachers from
School in Charleston and Magnolia High School in New Martinsville will
use funding from the Bell
Atlantic® WORLD SCHOOL(sm) Grant Program
help their students harness the resources of the Internet.
The WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program is designed to encourage West Virginia
educators to creatively integrate telecommunications technology and
collaborative learning into classrooms using the Internet. With these
awards, Bell Atlantic-West Virginia has given nearly $90,000 in grants
to 26 teachers at 22 schools in the year since the program began.
The latest grant winners are:
- Joanne Fawcett, Magnolia High School -- $3,289 for a
project in which Spanish classes will research and develop a
multimedia presentation on Hispanic culture.
- Connie Hays, Holz Elementary School -- $3,089 in additional
funding for an earlier grant winner. Funds will be used for
four projects: a fourth-grade West Virginia Capitol project; a
fifth-grade project to analyze historical information gathered
from grave markers at a local cemetery; a sixth-grade project on
space exploration, and a joint fourth-sixth grade project in which
the students will produce an Internet home page site for "Project
Home in West Virginia," an earlier WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program
More on the WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program
The WORLD SCHOOL Grant Program complements the Bell Atlantic WORLD
SCHOOL project, through which the company is offering direct,
high-speed digital Internet access to more than 700 kindergarten
through twelfth-grade public schools in its West Virginia service area
by the end of 1996. More than 200 schools now have WORLD SCHOOL
Internet access, but teachers in all public schools served by Bell
Atlantic-West Virginia are eligible to submit grant applications.
The company awards individual grants up to $10,000. A panel of
education leaders and Bell Atlantic employees judge all grant
proposals. Grant money cannot be used to purchase tariffed telephone
services or computer hardware.
Bell Atlantic will award grants on an ongoing basis; the deadline to
submit applications for the 1996 grant cycle is Dec. 6. Interested
educators can obtain grant applications from the Bell Atlantic-West
Virginia corporate communications department by calling
Bell Atlantic Corporation (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.
- Harry Mitchell, 304-344-7562
Roy Terek, 304-233-6837