Southern Middle wins grant from Bell Atlantic

October 18, 1994

The students at Southern Middle School used technology to win themselves more technology; a $3,500 grant to buy more high-tech equipment.

The school in Lothian is among 11 winners of a Bell Atlantic Corp. promotion.

Grants were awarded based on which schools' supporters made the most calls to a toll-free telephone number last spring. Corporate officials presented the award yesterday.

Principal Deborah Montgomery said Southern Middle used its automated calling system for a week to ask every parent to help win the grant.

Ms. Montgomery also broadcast reminders over the school's public address system.

A school newsletter sought supporters and the PTA produced and distributed fliers that encouraged parents to involve their families and the community in the drive.

Because the cash award must be used toward the purchase of computer or communications equipment, Ms. Montgomery will form a committee to determine what items will be bought.

About 1,750 schools from around the country entered the contest.

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