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OKIDATA'S 'STUDENTS ADDRESS THE INAUGURAL' ASKS STUDENTS TO FAX CLINTON TOPICS HE SHOULD DISCUSS IN INAUGURAL SPEECH

 MT. LAUREL, N.J., Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Using a fax network set up by a national marketer and manufacturer of facsimile machines, elementary school students nationwide are being given a unique opportunity to advise President-elect Clinton about topics he should address in his inaugural speech.
 Under the Okidata "Students Address the Inaugural" program, students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades across the country are being asked to fax in topic recommendations for President-elect Clinton's inaugural address on Jan. 20. Specifically, Okidata, a leading facsimile and computer peripherals manufacturer, has donated a total of 49 facsimile machines to schools in 48 states and Washington, D.C.
 "With this fax network, we are seeking students to fax one-page recommendations that deal with topics that have a nationwide appeal. The responses, which will be faxed back to Okidata, will be compiled by the company and a selection will be forwarded to President-elect Clinton," said Dave Zimmerman, general manager of Okidata's Facsimile Division.
 Zimmerman said that public, parochial and private schools that did not have facsimile machines were selected for participation so Okidata "was able to provide a useful communications tool, as well as offer students an opportunity to participate in government.
 "Through our Students Address the Inaugural' program, we hope to introduce telecommunications as a novel teaching device to show children how technology can help contribute to how our country is governed," Zimmerman commented.
 In addition to forwarding a sampling of the students' faxed recommendations, Okidata is investigating the possibility of arranging a meeting with the new president in Washington, D.C., during which a handful of students will present him with the responses personally.
 Okidata, a division of Oki America, Inc., is a full-line supplier of serial impact dot matrix printers, LED Page Printers and thermal and plain paper facsimile systems. Its parent company, Oki Electric Industry Co., a $5 billion multinational corporation with headquarters in Tokyo, is a world leader in information processing systems, telecommunications and electronics.
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