Seasons Readings
Kicks Off November 20
     Season's Readings, Verizon's annual literacy program for the holidays, will kick off on Nov. 20, and Team Season's Readings needs your support to make this year's campaign the most successful ever. This program provides employees the chance to share the joy of reading with people in their communities and across the country, while also advancing Verizon's signature philanthropic cause -- literacy.
     Since the program's inception, employees and partners have donated more than 800,000 books and pledged over 110,000 hours of reading time to their communities. The theme for the 2004 campaign is "One million books for one million children."
     During Season's Readings, you can pledge to help others who are yearning to read -- like a child eager to explore the imaginative world of books or a grown-up struggling to understand street signs, the newspaper or even a daughter's report card. And, you can donate new and gently used books that will help bring the joy of reading to children in your community.
     You can make a difference this year for thousands of people in Verizon communities by volunteering now to be a location coordinator in your building or to serve on a Season's Readings volunteer team.
     To sign up, go to and select "How Can I Help." Then, go to the "Volunteer" section and follow the prompts to complete the Location Coordinator/Team Member form. Once you've completed the form, Team Season's Readings will contact you with information about next steps.
Red / Green Glass Bell Holiday Special!
What could be more perfect for the holidays than our red and pale green commemorative bell paperweights! A conversation piece for all your holiday guests, these colorful red and pale green heavy glass bells are excellent decorative accessories. Specially priced at $25 for the pair plus shipping.

Assembling school kits for Iraqi students
By: June Weakley, Volunteer Chairperson
     On November 5-7, Pioneer leaders gathered in Tampa, Florida, for their Annual Meeting. Assembling school kits for children in Iraqi was chosen as their educational and fellowship project. The chapters provided the school supplies. Partners and Life Members assembled the kits. More than 200 kits are now being shipped to soldiers for distribution to Iraqi children. In addition, we held a Scholastic Book Fair to raise book credits for the Charlotte and DeSoto school districts, which had received intense hurricane damage. The chapters also brought $100 gift cards from school supply providers for the schools to replenish their classrooms. We were happy to help with some of their needs after they had experienced so much damage in the last several months.

A Life Member Moment...
By: Ron Simpson, LM Rep.

     I began my career with the New York Telephone Co. in 1954 in the mailroom. My starting salary was $42 per week. Two of the people I remember the most were a five-man crew line foreman named Charlie Smyth who taught us to work hard, work safe and have fun doing it. The other was Jack Neilson, an I/R who said, "always do the job the way you would want it done in your own home." For the rest of the story...

"Freedom Isn't Free"
     The Paumanok Chapter celebrated Veteran's Day by presenting its annual "Freedom Isn't Free: A Living History" program to 2,500 students at Lindenhurst High School in Lindenhurst, NY. The program featured about 20 soldiers, active and veterans, including those who served in WWII and the War in Iraq. The veterans shared memories and recollections of their service experiences. Stories ranged from landing on Omaha Beach on "D" Day to a Vietnam veteran who was in uniform coming home and was spat on in the airport. One soldier had even served with General Patton. A retired US Army Captain and nurse described how she had jumped out of a helicoptor into the front line in Vietnam to treat the wounded. The chapter also featured a display of military memorabilia. The program was repeated nine times throughout the day to accommodate all the students.

Remember... it's Education Week!
     International Education Week (November 15-19)
recognizes the importance of educating students about people and nations throughout the world in preparing students to live in a diverse and tolerant society and succeed in a global economy. This year marks the fifth annual commemoration of the week, jointly sponsored by the Departments of Education and State.Visit (Secretary Paige's statement is available at
     American Education Week (November 14-20), co-sponsored by the Department and 12 other organizations, celebrates teachers and school staff. The 2004 theme, "Celebrating the American Dream," is intended to remind citizens that teaching and learning is a team effort, at home and in the classroom. As part of the week, support staff (bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, teachers' aides) will be honored on Wednesday and substitute teachers will be honored on Friday.Visit

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November 17, 2004