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NetDay Community Initiatives
Mississippi Delta, Mississippi
Partner Since 1999
Our greatest local resource is the
people. You have to get good people who don't mind working after
hours to get the job done. We are not pay day people, we do what
Arthur Holmes, Technology Coordinator
West Bolivar School District
NetDay Partnership with West Bolivar
In 1999, NetDay brought national attention
and partners to the Mississippi Delta to create a model technology
in a rural school district. Together, NetDay and the
leaders of the West Bolivar School District discovered
that it takes more than technology to make a difference
in a student’s life. First, they built the technology
infrastructure to ensure connections for students and
instructors. Next, they invested in the training and
professional development of the teaching staff to effectively
integrate technology into classroom curriculum.
In this rural area along the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers, technology
does not play a big role in the day-to-day life of the community.
Yet, the children know that it will be an important part of
their future. In order to remain competitive in a changing
global economy and to improve economic opportunities, these
students need access to technology and the resources of the
NetDay has not only helped establish the necessary infrastructure
and provided support to the school district, but also raised public
awareness about the value and necessity of technology literacy.
West Bolivar has received national press coverage for their success.
Once the networks and computers were in place, Project
Director Audrey Pearson turned her attention
to professional development and creating capacity in
the community. The pilot program, Technology Enhances
Student Success (TESS), has resulted in improved teacher
skills, student use of technology, ongoing partnerships,
and a model for success.