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Press ReleaseMonday, March 2, 2009
AT&T North and Central Florida
AT&T South and West Florida
AT&T Giving Program to Benefit Florida Education
Orlando, Florida, March 2, 2009 — As part of its continued commitment to advancing education and strengthening communities, AT&T* today announced a giving program that will help Florida* students. From March 2 through June 30, 2009, AT&T will donate a portion of its online, Florida** wireless activation fees to the Florida Education Foundation (FEF). The proceeds will be used by FEF to advance educational excellence in Florida.
“Supporting education is a major focus for AT&T,” said Marshall Criser, III, AT&T Florida president. “This program is another example of our commitment to help students succeed. It also provides Florida residents with an opportunity to invest in our children’s future.”
Florida** residents can participate in the program by simply going online to www.att.com/forFloridaSchools or clicking on the AT&T banner on the FEF website - www.floridaeducationfoundation.org. For those who choose to take part in the program, AT&T will donate $18 per new postpaid customer activation with a two-year service agreement to the Florida Education Foundation at no extra charge to the customer.
The Florida Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that directly supports the Florida Department of Education. The Foundation promotes and encourages academic excellence for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in Florida, while recognizing outstanding teachers and educational contributors. The Foundation also partners with business organizations to advance statewide educational initiatives.
“The challenging economic times have required us to look for alternative ways to fund educational programs,” said Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith. “We’re excited to be working with the Florida Education Foundation and AT&T. It’s a great way for Florida residents to support our efforts to ensure educational advancement is possible.”
Education is AT&T’s key philanthropy focus. In 2008, AT&T launched AT&T Aspire, a $100 million high school success and workforce readiness initiative. In addition to education, AT&T supports Florida projects that address community needs and improve lives, such as Our Kids, Junior Achievement, After-School All-Stars, The Center for Aging, and the Miami Science Museum.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**This Florida promotion includes new activations made online only. Program donates half of the already existing activation fee to the Florida Education Foundation and there is no extra charge to the customer if they elect to participate. Promotion is not available in Escambia, Glades, Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties.
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