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BELL OF PENNSYLVANIA SPONSORS SCHOOL COMPETITION TO ENCOURAGE USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN GRADES K-12

 PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Schools across the commonwealth will be able to compete for $300,000 in the Future School Grant Competition announced today by Bell of Pennsylvania.
 The competition will challenge students, teachers and school administrators to use advanced telecommunications technologies to improve the quality of education in their schools and classrooms.
 Bell of Pennsylvania will award grants for projects which utilize innovative teaching methods; expand student access to information; foster better communications between parents, teachers and school administrators; and help improve administrative efficiency.
 The Future School Grant Competition is open to all public, private and parochial schools, kindergarten through grade 12, within Bell of Pennsylvania's service territory.
 "The purpose of this competition is to take some of the best ideas of what a school or classroom may look like in the year 2000 and beyond -- and make it a reality today," said Bob Valentini, Bell of Pennsylvania's president and chief executive officer.
 "This competition is about people, ideas and information -- bringing students, teachers, parents and administrators closer together to enhance student opportunities, and stimulate ideas for improving the overall quality of education," he said.
 Valentini emphasized that the competition is designed to attract applications from all schools within the company's service area -- urban, suburban and rural -- not just large schools, or those who have a head start in applying advanced technologies.
 "Judges will be looking for good ideas that help students and the education process. That is our basic ground rule. The projects don't have to be large or technologically advanced -- although large and advanced projects are welcomed and encouraged, too. Our competition is designed to stimulate ideas and applications from every school and school district in our service area -- regardless of size, location, current level of technology, or skills in writing grant applications."
 The Future School Grant Competition will be judged by representatives of leading Pennsylvania education organizations: The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, Pennsylvania State Education Association, Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, and the Center for the Study of Connectivity and Data Bases.
 "We are pleased to have such an outstanding group of educational organizations involved with us in the Future School Grant Competition," Valentini said. "This project will require a serious commitment of time and effort. We appreciate the enthusiasm and commitment of the organizations participating."
 Bell of Pennsylvania will mail invitations and information packets to all eligible schools and school districts, beginning today. The deadline for applications to be submitted is Jan. 14, 1994.
 Winners will be announced on May 13, 1994. All projects must be implemented during the 1994-95 school year.
 Bell of Pennsylvania has established an information hotline, 1-800-290-BELL for the school officials and teachers who have questions about the Future School Grant Competition. The company recommends, however, that school officials and teachers do not call until they have had an opportunity to review the information and application.
 The Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of Bell of Pennsylvania, New Jersey Bell, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware) and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, companies that provide a full array of local exchange telecommunications services in the mid-Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic is also the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and owns an interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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