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
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.
school kits for Iraqi students
By: June Weakley, Volunteer Chairperson
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.
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
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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