BETHPAGE, N.Y., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 11 Long Island schools will have the opportunity to roll out ambitious new technology-driven learning programs as a result of $100,000 in grants awarded today by Optimum Lightpath®. Optimum Lightpath, a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, announced the recipients of its education technology grant program at its Long Island Education Technology Conference held at parent company Cablevision's headquarters in Bethpage.
The following schools, which were chosen from among 157 applicants, will receive grants of up to $10,000 from Optimum Lightpath to advance teaching and learning with technology:
$10,000 Grant Winners
- Bethpage High School – Bethpage
- Forest Avenue Elementary/West Babylon JHS – West Babylon
- Harding Avenue Elementary School – Lindenhurst
- Lindenhurst High School – Lindenhurst
- North Babylon High School – North Babylon
- Sachem North High School – Ronkonkoma
- Sacred Heart Academy – Hempstead
- Saul & Elaine Seiff Educare Center – Bohemia
- Searingtown School – Albertson
$5,000 Grant Winners
- Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School – Rocky Point
- Harbor Country Day School – St. James
"Optimum Lightpath understands the importance of advancing education and we're proud to count the company among Nassau County businesses investing in the community it serves," saidNassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. "Long Island schools are constantly evaluating new ways to learn and infusing technology into programs today is helping to better prepare our students for tomorrow. We congratulate the schools that received an education technology grant today and wish them well on the rollout of exciting new programs."
Schools receiving an Optimum Lightpath grant plan to fund a wide range of technology based programs. These new initiatives include distance learning, virtual field trips, connecting students to their communities in new ways, creation of a living history museum, helping students with disabilities function independently, replacing textbooks with interactive E-books, participating in interactive global awareness projects, better preparing students for college, offering more customized learning opportunities and more.
"The $100,000 in grants awarded to Long Island schools today underscore Optimum Lightpath's ongoing commitment to creating new opportunities for educational institutions that are powered by new, transformational technology," said Dave Pistacchio, President, Optimum Lightpath.