INTERNET AND MNB LAUNCH 'BOOKS FOR KIDS' PROGRAM

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two Harford schools have received money to buy books for the schools' libraries under a program launched last week by Internet, the ownerand operator of MOST electronic banking machines.

The Harford schools selected to receive money for books are Havre de Grace Elementary and Joppatowne High. They are among eight schools that will share a$2,000 gift from Internet and Maryland National Bank as the program,"MOST Books for Kids," was launched last week.

Each week, a MOST machine user will be selected to receive a $100gift certificate to Walden books and the opportunity to name a secondary or primary school to receive a $750 gift certificate from Waldenbooks.

The program will award 384 weekly prizes between Sept. 1 and Oct. 26.

Eight grand prize winnerswill receive $1,000 gift certificates and name a school to receive $12,500 worth of books.

DavidO'Connor, president of Internet, said the program was intended to highlight how business can assist in education. "According to the U.S. Department of Education," O'Connor said, "there is a direct correlation between greater access to books and higher reading proficiency scores."

Internet operates MOST machines in eight states, including Maryland, and in Washington, D.C.

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