Verizon Wireless Announces Educational Empowerment Program With The McCaskey High School Campus In Lancaster

 Verizon Wireless Announces Educational Empowerment Program With The McCaskey
                       High School Campus In Lancaster

-- Program designed to empower high school students for college, career

-- McCaskey High Schools first schools in Pennsylvania to implement program

-- Verizon to provide students free service on Samsung Galaxy Tab devices
during four-month program, using Edmodo Android app, an online social learning

-- First place winners (3) to receive $2,000 scholarship, Verizon Wireless
internship and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

PR Newswire

LANCASTER, Pa., Jan. 30, 2013

LANCASTER, Pa. , Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Verizon Wireless, provider of
the largest and most reliable 4G LTE network in America, today announced that
it will implement an educational empowerment program at the School District of
Lancaster's two McCaskey High School buildings, J.P. McCaskey and McCaskey
East, in partnership with Samsung. The program will focus on mobile learning
and inform students how to leverage technology in and out of the classroom to
assist in learning and preparing for entering higher education or the

"Giving back to the community is a top priority for Verizon Wireless," said
Mario Turco, Regional President for Verizon Wireless. "This program fulfills
our goals on several levels; it teaches students about technology, opens them
to experiences they wouldn't ordinarily have, and drives home the importance
of continuing their education, all while flexing their creative muscles and

Since the educational empowerment program was created by Verizon Wireless in
2011, it has been implemented in 15 high schools in the northeastern United
States. Verizon Wireless selected J.P. McCaskey and McCaskey East to be the
first high schools in Pennsylvania to execute the program.

The program's signature component is its student app competition, which will
have 12 teams of three students, all selected by the schools' administration,
working to develop unique app concepts and creating marketing plans around
them. Throughout the project, which runs through April, students will attend
bi-weekly workshops conducted by Verizon Wireless team members covering topics
such as resume writing, job interview skills, and social media fundamentals.

At the end of the project term, teams will present their app concepts and
marketing plans. A panel of judges from Verizon Wireless will select three
finalists and a public online vote will determine first and second place
winners. The members of the winning team will receive $2,000 scholarships, new
Samsung tablets and Verizon Wireless summer internships.

Each member of the second place team will also receive a Samsung tablet.
Winners will be named at the McCaskey High School Awards Program May 1.

"This opportunity aligns with my commitment, as well as our Board of School
Directors', in equipping our classrooms with the tools needed to learn in a
21st century classroom and community," said School District of Lancaster
Superintendent Pedro Rivera. "Technology is an important component to engaging
students' interest and preparing them for college and career readiness."

Most of the educational empowerment program will be facilitated on the Samsung
Galaxy Tab™ using Edmodo's free Android App, an online social learning network
for education.

"The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 allows for a dynamic user experience for both
teachers and students while encouraging the growth of the connected
classroom," said Timothy Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of B2B
Sales for Samsung Mobile. "Samsung Mobile is always pursuing opportunities to
support educational programs and set a new education standard by providing
mobile devices that help students succeed both inside and outside the

The classroom tablets will be managed by SOTI's MobiControl MDM platform to
empower students with the content they need while ensuring responsible use in
the classroom.

"We are excited about the opportunity to take an active part with Verizon
Wireless and Samsung to empower students to reach their full potential," said
Charlie Grieco, Executive Director Strategic Alliances, SOTI Inc. "Education
is a key focus at SOTI and the Verizon Wireless educational empowerment
program fits well with SOTI's vision of technology as a cornerstone of the
classroom of the future."

J.P. McCaskey and McCaskey East were selected for the program by Verizon
Wireless because of their diverse student populations.

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About Verizon Wireless
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most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.2 million retail customers,
including 92.5 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking
Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a
joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,
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About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung
Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and
telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information,
please visit

About Edmodo
With more than 1 million users and growing, Edmodo is the world's fastest
growing social learning network, providing a free and secure social networking
platform for teachers, students and school administrators. Edmodo offers
schools a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time
platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades and
school notices. Accessible from any networked or mobile device via free smart
phone applications, Edmodo is the social learning network made for teachers by

About SOTI Inc.
SOTI Inc. develops industry-leading solutions for enterprise mobility
management, allowing organizations to empower enterprise mobility through
support for corporate-liable and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. SOTI
MobiControl solves the unique challenges involved in managing, securing,
supporting, and tracking mobile and desktop computing devices across all
platforms. Over 10,000 customers around the world rely on SOTI MobiControl
every day to manage millions of devices. For more information, visit us at, contact us by email at or call us at
+1-888-624-9828 (NA), +44 1213680675 (UK) or +61 3 90015554 (Australia).

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