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."