AT&T Foundation Awards Grant to Community Foundation of the VI

Tom Bolt, Esq., Ray Flores, AT&T, Beverly Chongasing,CFVI and Dee Baecher-Brown, CFVI

The Rotary Club of St. Thomas Sunrise recently awarded a grant from the AT&T Foundation to the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI), in the amount of $10,000 to expand students’ horizons with “Project Atlas.”  Rotary Sunrise past president, Tom Bolt, said the initiative for this project began about two years ago when Gretta Moorhead, a former St. Thomas teacher, spoke to the club about the Dictionary Fund which she had established at CFVI in 2002. The fund has distributed dictionaries to third graders throughout the territory over the past nine years.  “Project Atlas” will distribute individual atlases to each seventh grader in the territory’s six junior high schools and will be distributed in September of 2012.  Ms. Moorehead stated, “When I spoke at Rotary that morning two years or so ago, Tom Bolt asked me what’s next. I told him ideally what I’d like is to get atlases to the kids. So we and other Sunrise members met with CFVI and submitted a grant to the AT&T Foundation.”

Ray Flores, AT&T Regional Vice President for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands said, “We believe it is important that these students who represent our future have the tools to be successful in today’s economy — and more importantly — in tomorrow’s.  AT&T, AT&T Foundation, and AT&T of the Virgin Islands will continue to work together with educators, parents, organizations, and government to be a catalyst for change on this issue.”

In addition, Flores announced a new project AT&T initiated last year – Y-BALE Youth for Broadband Awareness & Literacy. “Basically,” Flores said, “it’s a program to educate youth on the value of broadband access. We held seminars at a variety of summer camp programs bringing relevant ‘hands-on’ training in computer technology to the youth and young adults through a variety of media components including television, radio, web streaming, and face-to-face education.”  This program will also stress the down side and dangers of internet technology, as anything that is put on the internet stays there.  An official launch date for the local program has not been set. 





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