Verizon Foundation's 2010 Grant Program Aims to Enhance Student Achievement in Rhode Island

Verizon Foundation's 2010 Grant Program Aims to Enhance Student Achievement in Rhode Island

The Verizon Foundation's 2010 grant program, Think Ahead with Verizon Thinkfinity Awards, continues to support student performance by giving Rhode Island schools and organizations $50,000 for educational achievement through Thinkfinity.org.

Four Rhode Island schools: East Providence High School, Johnston High School, the Met School, and the Scituate School Department have aimed to enhance proficiency levels for their students in various educational areas in the upcoming school year. The Verizon Foundation has given these schools $25,000 in grants to incorporate Thinkfinity.org in their classrooms and assist in educating teachers, administrators, parents, and students on the vast number of tools and resources Thinkfinity.org has to offer.

Verizon Region President, Donna Cupelo, and Carolyn Dias, Chief of Fiscal Integrity and Efficiencies of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), announced the grants in a ceremony at the East Providence Career and Technical Academy on Wednesday, July 14. "We are impressed with the creative ideas that focus on the critical need to improve certain skills among students," said Cupelo. "Verizon is dedicated to helping students strengthen their skills so that they are prepared to succeed in higher-education programs and careers."

In addition to the R.I. school recipients, the Verizon Foundation has also given a $25,000 grant to its Thinkfinity state educational partners, RIDE and the Rhode Island Network for Educational Technology, to fund the train the trainers program for the second straight year. These two organizations will continue to collaborate in familiarizing teachers with Thinkfinity.org and its tens of thousands of free educational tools and resources to incorporate into their classroom with on-site or online training. To date, 75 sessions have been completed, which included training over 1,200 teachers throughout the state of Rhode Island.

The Think Ahead with Verizon Thinkfinity Awards program continues to make learning easy by providing teachers, students and parents thousands of free educational tools and resources at their fingertips through Thinkfinity.org.

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