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Harlem Students Study their Environment via Internet

Students from five Harlem middle schools will unveil their environmentally-oriented World Wide Web sites at a community celebration of the Harlem Environmental Access Project (HEAP) tomorrow (Thursday, June 20) at the Countee Cullen Regional Branch of the New York Public Library, beginning at 10:30 AM.

The participating schools are among the City's best and most innovative: the Mott Hall School (IS 223), Frederick Douglass Academy, Clara Mohammed School, Northview Tech/PS 155 and the Wadleigh School for Science and Technology.

Student Web sites explore the Harlem environment and larger issues, such as lessons on recycling and water quality, and tell the tale of a group of middle school students from the Wadleigh School for Science and Technology who visited Arizona's Biosphere 2.

The students are participants in the Harlem Environmental Access Project, a joint effort of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Columbia University's Institute for Learning Technologies (ILT). The project was launched with a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Brief remarks will be given by Dr. Lorraine Monroe, the principal of Frederick Douglass Academy; Fred Krupp, Executive Director of EDF; and Robbie McClintock, Director of ILT.

Students from all five schools will be available to demonstrate their Web sites.

WHAT:     Unveiling of  Harlem Environmental Access Project (HEAP) Web sites
WHEN:     Thursday, June 20, 10:30 AM
WHERE:   New York Public Library, Countee Cullen Regional Branch, 
	        104 West 136th Street (off Lenox Ave.), Manhattan