Jacob Burns Film Center Will Integrate iPads In Education Programs For Underserved Schools, With $50,000 Grant From The Verizon Foundation

Funds Will Serve Nearly 520 Students and 30 Teachers

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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2012

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. , Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Verizon Foundation has awarded the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) a $50,000 grant that will significantly enhance several existing education programs through the integration of iPads in underserved schools in Westchester County and at the JBFC Media Arts Lab in Pleasantville . The grant will further the JBFC's mission and Verizon's commitment to change the way teachers teach and students learn by innovatively integrating technology into the classroom to enhance student learning.

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The grant will serve approximately 520 students and 30 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Three education programs will benefit from the grant: MINDS IN MOTION for fourth graders, DIGITAL STORYTELLING for teens and young adults, and REEL CHANGE for teens. Specifically, the funds will be used to purchase iPads for curriculum expansion and development, along with equipment accessories, and to help fund faculty and staff salaries, professional development and volunteer training.

MINDS IN MOTION is an interdisciplinary education program taught in elementary schools that gives students the opportunity to write, storyboard, direct, and produce a stop-motion animated film. The 12-week course culminates with a Red Carpet Premiere at the JBFC Theater, where students will have the thrill of seeing their films on a big screen, surrounded by an audience of family and friends. DIGITAL STORYTELLING focuses on creating multiscreen projects, installations, video sculptures and interactive design. REEL CHANGE is a multimedia program where students have the opportunity to raise their awareness and effect change by producing a short film that expresses a point of view about social issues.

“The Verizon Foundation is focused on supporting programs that use technology to help students achieve,” said Justina Nixon-Saintil , Director of Education Initiatives for the Verizon Foundation. “We're proud our grant will further enhance JBFC's existing educational programs and take them to the next level.”

Emily Keating , Director of Education Programs for JBFC, said, “The JBFC is thrilled to receive this grant from the Verizon Foundation. Giving students the tools and knowledge to communicate visually is imperative in this media- saturated culture. Access to tablets enables students to develop important technical and literacy skills in an interface that is intuitive and exciting.”

The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to: presenting the best of independent, documentary and world cinema; promoting 21st century literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community. Located on a 47,500-sqare-foot, three-building campus in the center of Pleasantville , the JBFC is just 30 miles outside of New York City . Since the opening in 2001, over 1,000,000 people have seen over 4,500 films from more than 40 countries The campus includes the 27,000 sq. foot Media Arts Lab, the JBFC's state-of-the-art education center, a creative and educational community for storytellers in the digital age, offering one-time workshops, intensive courses, and weekend programs for children and adults of all ages. To learn more about the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab, visit

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