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MCI WorldCom Brings Internet to Quirk Middle School

by J. Rossetti-Ford

On October 16, hundreds of Quirk Middle School students entered the computer age as MCI WorldCom brought its MCI "Great American Net Test" challenge to Hartford.

MCI WorldCom provided the students with a high-energy, one-of-a-kind introduction to the Internet. In addition, MCI WorldCom is awarding a $15,000 community grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford for the purchase of computers and program resources to help level the technology playing field for area youth.

"Technology and access to technology are the nation's most critical education needs today. MCI WorldCom has the ability and the desire to invest in America's future by providing these students with the opportunity to develop critical technology skills to enable them to compete at school and in the workplace," said MCI WorldCom Hartford Regional Director John Boolukos.

"This MCI WorldCom program introduces the Internet in an exciting and memorable way," said Joseph Lapenta, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, an organization which provides services to more than 1200 area young people daily. "MCI WorldCom recognizes children need computer and Internet expertise for a better future. Their donation will help us give more kids access to technology."

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