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Verizon Wireless Introduces Educational Program Celebrating Black History Month in Massachusetts

• "A Day in the Life of a History Maker" Program Partners include UNCF, Teacher Planet and Get Schooled

• Students encouraged to submit an essay on "How Will You Be the Next History Maker?" by March 30, 2012

• Essay contest winners will meet Glee star, Amber Riley

• Terrence J, star of BET TV show 106 & Park to Visit Verizon Wireless Store in Boston on Saturday, February 25, 2012

• One high school will win a visit from Amber Riley, voting ends February 29, 2012

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February 15, 2012

Michael Murphy
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Michael Byrnes
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BOSTON, MA — Verizon Wireless, provider of America’s largest 4G LTE network, announced today that is 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 New England by highlighting some of today’s most influential African American history makers.

Students in New England 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 30, 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 from 3pm-5pm on Saturday, February 25 at the Verizon Wireless retail store located at 340 Washington St., Boston, MA.

“Education and diversity are incredibly important to Verizon Wireless,” said Christine Berberich, New England Region President for Verizon Wireless. “We worked hard to make this multifaceted program relevant to today’s students, and we hope 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 http://www.verizoninsider.com/blackhistory  for complete details on the essay contest and school voting.

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