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Cisco Announces 150 Recipients of 1996 Virtual Schoolhouse Grants

Winning schools to receive $1.5 million in cash, equipment and training to bring Internet communication to the classroom
Jun 11, 1996

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - June 11, 1996 - Continuing its commitment to helpschools connect to the Internet, Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced 150recipients of the 1996 Virtual Schoolhouse Grants. The awards, announcedat the National Education Computing Conference (NECC), recognize eachschool's efforts and vision to use the Internet in innovative ways toimprove curriculum in its classrooms.

Cisco awarded grants to 150 schools from 49 states. The grants will enableschools to enjoy Internet benefits such as access to libraries throughoutthe world, aid in research projects and cross-cultural studies, and theability to exchange ideas and studies with their peers.

Fifty Cisco employee evaluators selected the winning schools from more than1,000 applications that included plans and demonstrated ability to supportand deploy a networking site. Each grant recipient will receive cash,equipment and services valued at approximately $10,000, for a combinedtotal of $1.5 million - or three times the amount originally allocated whenthe Virtual Schoolhouse Grant Program was announced last fall. A personaldonation from Cisco Chairman John Morgridge allowed Cisco to give 150grants versus the 50 originally announced.

"We increased the money allocated to the program based on the overwhelmingneed to bring networked communications to the classroom," Morgridge said."We were impressed by the desire and commitment demonstrated by each of theapplicant schools to give students access to the new world of learning onthe Internet. By expanding the reach of the Virtual Schoolhouse Grantinitiative, Cisco will provide educators with more opportunity to leveragethe benefits of an online medium in their curriculum."

Grant recipients will receive $1,000 in cash, an access router, CiscoIOS(tm) software, Cisco IPeXchange(tm)software, service and customer support, and product training. In order toeducate those who are justlearning about internetworking, Cisco has emphasized ease-of-use andmanageability in its networking products for the grant program. All awardpackages will be distributed this week.

The Virtual Schoolhouse Grant winners will receive:

  • Cash Award -$1,000 toward staff development

  • Network hardware and software- A Cisco 1000 or2500 router; Cisco IOSsoftware, a suite of sophisticated networking software that ensuresrobust,reliable networks by supporting standard protocols and optimizing servicesand internetwork access; and CiscoInternet Junction software, whichprovides direct access for Novell clients to resources of the Internet (upto a $5,000 value)

  • Service, training and maintenance - Two Cisco training coupons forfreeadmittance to Cisco courses, Introduction to Cisco Router Configuration(ICRC) and Configuring Cisco Access Servers (CCAS); and SMARTNetmaintenance support for one year (up to a $4,000 value)

All other participants will receive:

  • Internet Enabler Kit - Cisco IPeXchange(tm)software, whichprovides direct access for Novell clients to resources of the Internet; and aPoint-and-Click Internetworking Education and Design CD, Cisco'sinteractive educational tool on internetworking ($1,095 value)

The Virtual Schoolhouse Grant Program complements Cisco's corporate-wideinitiative to provide the benefits of Internet access and internationalcommunication in today's classrooms. Cisco Systems sponsors severaleducational projects such as the International CyberFair for Schools, ademonstration of educational and community-related information published bystudents and teachers on the World Wide Web. Cisco also provides financialsupport to the Global Schoolhouse Project, an internationally recognizedprogram for demonstrating the use of the Internet in K-12 classrooms acrossthe U.S. and overseas.

Grant applications and guidelines

Applications and guidelines for the 1997 Virtual Schoolhouse Grant Programwill be available in October 1996. For additional guidance in articulatinga technology plan for a school's network, visit the Cisco EducationalArchive and Resources Catalog home page (CEARCH) at CEARCH wasestablished by Cisco and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill toprovide information on Cisco's education programs.

Cisco supports and participates in numerous educational networking andInternet organizations, including CAUSE, the Consortium for SchoolNetworking (COSN), EDUCOM, the International Society for Technology inEducation (ISTE), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and theInternet Society.

The following list includes the 150 1996 Virtual Schoolhouse Grantwinners:

Government Hill Elementary School Anchorage
Houston Junior/Senior High School Big Lake
Joy Elementary School Fairbanks
Homer Junior High School Homer
Palmer High School Palmer
Crestline Elementary School Birmingham
Hampton Public Schools Hampton
Oak Creek School Cottonwood
Ironwood School Phoenix
School of the Madeleine Berkeley
Palomar High School Chula Vista
South Pointe Middle School Diamond Bar
Glenoaks Elementary School Glendale
Patrick Henry Middle School Grenada Hills
Sycamore Middle School Gridley
Miles Avenue Elementary School Huntington Park
Saint Simon School Los Altos
Alexander Hamilton High Schools Complex Los Angeles
Manual Arts High School Los Angeles
Pilgrim School Los Angeles
Susan M. Dorsey High School Los Angeles
Theodore Roosevelt High School Los Angeles
Los Arboles Middle School Marina
St. Joseph Elementary School Mountain View
Gledhill Street School North Hills
Frank Junior High School Oxnard
Harrington School Oxnard
Lemonwood School Oxnard
Rose Avenue School Oxnard
Mayfield Senior School Pasadena
Imperial Beach Elementary School San Diego
Park Village Elementary School San Diego
Edenvale Elementary School San Jose
Paloma Elementary School San Marcos
Sanger High School Sanger
Miller Elementary School Santa Maria
William Laird Adam School Santa Maria
Southgate High School Southgate
Herrick Avenue School Sylmar
C.J. Morris School Walnut
Starlight Elementary School Watsonville
Willits High School Willits
Summit Elementary School Divide
Lesher Junior High School Fort Collins
Killingly High School Danielson
Washington, District of Columbia
Archbishop Carroll High School
Georgetown Day School
Sheridan School
Westwood Middle School Gainesville
Westside Skills Center Jacksonville
Key Largo School Key Largo
Hobbs Middle School Milton
Palm Harbor University High School Palm Harbor
Pinellas Technical Education Centers Saint Petersburg
Tarpon Springs High School Tarpon Springs
Westside Elementary School Cedartown
Dade Elementary School Trenton
Ele'ele Elementary School Ele'ele, Kauai
New Plymouth Middle School New Plymouth
Madison Middle School Rexburg
Buffalo Grove High School Buffalo Grove
Kenwood Academy Chicago
Channing Elementary School Elgin
Glenbrook Elementary School Elgin
La Salle Public Elementary School La Salle
Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School Mahomet
Waukegan High School Waukegan
Wheeling High School Wheeling
Kendallville Central Middle School Kendallville
Munster High School Munster
Wilbur Wright Middle School Munster
Peru High School Peru
Plainfield School Plainfield
Denison Community Schools Denison
Maharishi School Fairfield
Spirit Lake High School Spirit Lake
Overbrook Elementary School Overbrook
Henry Clay High School Lexington
Metairie Park Country Day School Metairie
Polland Community School Poland
Bryn Mawr School Baltimore
Fort Garrison Elementary School Baltimore
Hereford High School Parkton
Archbishop Spalding High School Severn
Lexington High School Lexington
Tisbury School Vinyard Haven
Holy Family Regional School Rochester Hills
Wadena-Deer Creek High School Wadena
Chillicothe High School Chillicothe
Vardaman High School Vardaman
Radley Elementary School East Helena
Scribner-Snyder Community School Scribner
Advanced Technologies Academy Las Vegas
Silverado High School Las Vegas
New Hampshire
John Stark Regional High School Weare
New Jersey
Hunterdon Central Regional High School Flemington
Indian Mills Memorial School Shamong
Lincoln/Roosevelt School Succasunna
New Mexico
La Cueva High School Albuquerque
Zia Elementary School Albuquerque
Zia Intermediate School Artesia
Lindsey Middle School Portales
New York
Canajoharie High School Canajoharie
Joseph Pulitzer Intermediate School 145 JacksonHeights
Public School 2 Jackson Heights
Public School 76 Long Island City
Public School 84 Queens Long Island City
Hunter College High School New York
Inwood Intermediate School New York
Plainedge Schools North Massapequa
Oswego City Schools Oswego
Edgemont Junior/Senior High School Scarsdale
Tully Elementary School Tully
North Carolina
Phillips School for Science Mathematics &Technology Battleboro
Elizabeth City Middle School Elizabeth City
Leesville Road High School Raleigh
Saluda School Saluda
North Edgecombe High School of Math & Science Tarboro
North Dakota
Killdeer Public School Killdeer
Danville Elementary School Danville
Georgetown Junior/Senior High School Georgetown
Lebanon High School Lebanon
St. Francis De Sales High School Toledo
East Elementary School Jenks
Crook County School District Prineville
Lower Merion School District Ardmore
Manheim Township High School Lancaster
Neshaminy High School Langhorne
Heritage Elementary School Murrysville
Trinity Middle School Washington
Rhode Island
South Kingstown Junior High School Peace Dale
South Carolina
James F. Byrnes High School Duncan
South Dakota
Groton Elementary School Groton
Hutchison School Memphis
White Station High School Memphis
Whitwell Middle School Whitwell
Grape Creek School San Angelo
Park City High School Park City
Highgate Elementary School Highgate Center
Brooke Point High School Stafford
North Stafford High School Stafford
Oak Harbor High School Oak Harbor
Pioneer Elementary School Quincy
West Virginia
Parkersburg Catholic High School Parkersburg
St. Eugene School Foxpoint
Holmen High School Holmen
Charles Lindbergh Elementary School Madison
University School of Milwaukee Milwaukee
Sparta Middle School Sparta
Yellowstone Elementary School Rock Springs

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