April 6, 2001

Verizon Grant Helps Bring Long-Distance, Online Tutoring to Gompers Secondary School

Middle school students at Gompers Secondary School in the San Diego Unified School District can now see, hear and talk with tutors online while doing their after-school math and science assignments.

Gompers math students watch intently as their interactive, multi-media software program guides them through a geometry problem.

This important adjunct to classroom instruction at Gompers was greatly enhanced recently by a $30,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications.

Verizon executives visited the school last week to present the grant check jointly to the University of California, San Diego, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), and Gompers. The grant will be used to assist the three entities in their partnership to strengthen computer-based instruction at the school.

This effort involves making use of the latest in interactive, multi-media computer software to boost students' math and science skills.

Through live video connections known as "web cams," the program links participants (working from classroom or home computers) to math and science tutors at the UCSD campus more than 20 miles away.

Gompers serves as a science, math and computer technology magnet facility in the school district for grades seven through 12. The two-year grant will support the after-school, computer-based program at Gompers, and a summer residential learning experience at UCSD, as a pilot effort for 50 seventh graders, or 25 students per year.

UCSD is one of 15 higher education institutions nationally to be selected recently to receive the Verizon Foundation grant. The pilot program is among various other academic partnerships in place between Gompers, UCSD and Cal-SOAP.

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