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GTE ANNOUNCES 1993-94 GIFT (GROWTH INITIATIVES FOR TEACHERS) PROGRAM TO PROMOTE EXCELLENCE IN MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION

 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 17 ~PRNewswire~ -- GTE today announced continu ing educational grants for the GIFT (Growth Initiatives for Teachers) program. The program, for public and private secondary schools, is available in Pennsylvania.
 "The GIFT program promotes excellence in mathematics and science education by providing professional development for educators, while also funding education-enrichment projects in those disciplines," said Judith Fronzaglia, regional director-public affairs.
 Under the GIFT program, one mathematics and one science teacher from the same school work as a team to expand their knowledge of a specific subject area and translate their learning experiences into effective teaching techniques. GTE provides each team a $12,000 grant that includes $7,000 for a school education-enrichment project and $5,000 ($2,500 each) for professional development activities. Mathematics and science teachers in grades 7-12 may apply. Sixth grade teachers in middle or junior high schools are also eligible.
 Teachers seeking GIFT grants submit detailed proposals for their professional development programs and for their local education- enrichment projects. Grant recipients are chosen by a panel of mathematics and science educators under the guidance of the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, N.J., and the GTE Foundation, which administers and funds the program. As part of the GIFT program, GTE conducts a seminar each summer for the teacher teams at: GTE Laboratories, Waltham, Mass., GTE Government Systems, Chantilly, Va., and Washington, D.C. The week long seminar provides the teachers an opportunity to meet with GTE scientists, tour laboratory facilities, attend presentations by prominent mathematics and science educators and visit government officials in the nation's capitol.
 Teachers can obtain a GIFT application booklet by contacting GTE's Public Affairs department, 814-871-2466 or by calling, 800-523-5948. Completed applications must be received by Jan. 15, 1993. Grant recipients will be notified after April 16, 1993.
 The GTE Foundation ranks among the top 20 U.S. corporate foundations. In addition to sponsoring the GIFT program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to scientific, educational and charitable institutions within the United States and its possessions on behalf of GTE and its many subsidiaries.
 GTE serves 569,600 customers in more than 141 communities in the Pennsylvania region. The corporation is the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and the second largest cellular service provider in the United States. GTE is the fourth largest publicly owned telecommunications company in the world.
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 ~CONTACT: Judith K. Fronzaglia, regional director-public affairs of GTE, 814-871-2304~


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