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AT&T supports Lindy Boggs Center with $25,000 grant

Loyola press release - July 28, 2008

The AT&T Foundation – the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) – awarded the Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy at Loyola University New Orleans a $25,000 grant as part of a competitive $1.5 million national grant program that provides funds for nonprofit organizations through a one-time, education-focused wireless technology grant.

The Boggs Center will use the grant to fund the integration of wireless technology with its Family Literacy Project. People who participate in the project do so in order to increase their literacy skills, to secure employment and to become more productive members of the community. The grant will provide laptop computers equipped with wireless capability and educational software to adult learners.

“Research has demonstrated that adults with low levels of education improve their literacy skills through Web- and wireless-based technology. These tools allow them to work independently and to connect with educational online programs on their own time and in their home environment,” said Petrice Sams-Abiodun, director of the Boggs Center.

“By providing adult learners with the tools to access literacy resources via laptop, we anticipate that they and their family members will tap into vast resources that will accelerate their grasp of literacy and technology knowledge and skills,” Sams-Abiodun said.

“AT&T is proud to support outstanding programs such as the Family Literacy Project directed by the Boggs Center at Loyola University,” said William A. Oliver, president of AT&T Louisiana. “At AT&T, we realize that investing in a well-educated workforce may be the single most important thing we can do to help America remain the leader in a digital, global economy.”

Research compiled by the National Adult Literacy Survey finds that the need to address adult literacy in New Orleans has never been more pressing. Results from the study, taken prior to Hurricane Katrina, show that 70 percent of adults in New Orleans read below the ninth grade level and less than 10 percent of those individuals in need of literacy services were actually enrolled in an educational program.

“This program will enable the Boggs Center to transform learning for those most in need by not only addressing literacy skills, but also by responding to the need for marginalized adults and families to have improved access to the benefits of information technology. Teaching adult learners to cross the digital divide will help them and their families join the modern communications revolution,” said Sams-Abiodun.

Grants provided by AT&T’s national wireless grant program range from $2,500 to $25,000 for wireless applications and hardware and were awarded to organizations to help integrate wireless communications technology into educational outreach projects designed to engage youth and adults in lifelong learning. Additionally, each project was required to have a particular focus on targeting underserved populations, including racial and ethnic groups, low-income populations, seniors, youth and people with disabilities.

AT&T is committed to investing in programs that enhance and enable success in education for students of all ages. The AT&T Foundation supports initiatives that help students throughout the higher education continuum: the successful completion of high school, preparation for and entrance to college and degree completion and graduation. Additionally, the foundation supports organizations and programs that integrate technology into daily classroom instruction and administration activities, develop community and civic leadership and encourage workforce development.

AT&T and the AT&T Foundation provided more than $45 million to support education initiatives across the nation in 2007. Since 1996, the AT&T Foundation has distributed more than $428 million in grants to support new classroom technology, after-school programs, teacher training and many other educational endeavors.

About Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. It is open to students of all faiths. Loyola provides a value-centered liberal arts education and a commitment to lifelong learning, social justice and service.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company list and No. 1 on America’s Most Admired Telecommunications Company list. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

About Philanthropy at AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.9 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.

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