How do you end the digital divide, that gap between those connected to the digital world and those on the backroads? The first step is to get computers into the hands of those who need them. The essential next step is to support these news users with advice and training. That’s what Davidson College students are doing this weekend in Davidson and Cornelius, through a new initiative called E2D, Eliminate the Digital Divide.
The Davidson-based group has partnered with the Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson College, MI-Connection Communications System and donors around the area. It plans to deliver computers to hundreds of families with children in grades K-12 at the three elementary schools in the two towns as well as Bailey Middle and W.A. Hough High schools in Cornelius.
That effort began in earnest this week, with a ceremony at the Ada Jenkins Center Wednesday announcing a gift of 500 computers from Lowe’s Cos. Inc., which has its headquarters in Mooresville.
Now, Davidson College student volunteers are fanning out into the community helping 50 families, mostly in Davidson, to set up their new computers, and log on to discounted wireless internet connections provided by MI-Connection. They’re helping set up email accounts and creating bookmarks for school and other sites, so parents and their students will be ready for the first day of school Monday, Aug. 26.
The first 36 computers were delivered Friday. Another 14 will be handed out Saturday.
E2D website, http://www.e-2-d.org/
See all past coverage of E2D on DavidsonNews.net.
Updated additional link:
Sept. 10, 2013, see MI-Connection’s announcement of its partnership with E2D to provide discounted high-speed internet access.