Verizon Wireless Introduces Educational Program Celebrating Black History Month

    Verizon Wireless Introduces Educational Program Celebrating Black History Month

    – Winners will meet Glee star Amber Riley

    – Terrence J., star of BET TV show 106 & Park, to visit Harrisburg, Pa., store February 23

    – Program partners include UNCF, Teacher Planet and Get Schooled

    – Program will run from February to March 2012; All high school students in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region are encouraged to participate

    – To enter, students must submit an essay on "How Will You Be the Next History Maker?"

    PR Newswire

    PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –?Verizon Wireless, provider of America's largest 4G LTE network, announced today that it has launched "A Day in the Life of a History Maker" program to celebrate Black History Month. The program, a partnership with the UNCF, Teacher Planet, and Get Schooled, was developed to inspire and motivate high school students across the Philadelphia Tri-State Region by highlighting some of today's most influential African American history makers.?

    Students in the Philadelphia Tri-State Region are encouraged to participate in the program by submitting a 500 word essay about how they plan to make history.? Entries will be accepted through March 31, 2012, at the Verizon Insider website. Five lucky winners will receive a chance to meet and spend an afternoon with Amber Riley, star of the hit TV series Glee, in New York City.

    Students can also nominate their high school through February 29, 2012, to win a special visit from Ms. Riley. Voting is unlimited and the school with the most votes wins. Additionally, the actress is scheduled to star in five webisode vignettes on topics like education, empowerment, innovation, leadership and inspiration. The vignettes will coincide with themed Lesson Plans of past and present history makers that teachers will be able to download for use in their classrooms.

    To further support the program, Terrence J., the star of BET's 106 & Park, will be participating in a meet and greet on Thursday, February 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless retail store located at 4650 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, Pa.

    "Education and diversity are incredibly important to Verizon Wireless," said Mario Turco, president of Verizon Wireless, Philadelphia Tri-State Region. "We worked hard to make this multifaceted program relevant to today's students, and we hope that it inspires them to become great history makers themselves."?

    More than 1,000 schools are expected to participate, with more than 1.4 million students and 328,000 educators.? Verizon Wireless will also support this program on Facebook and Twitter.? Students are encouraged to visit for complete details on the essay contest and school voting.

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