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Student Internet Access???

What is the state of student Internet access or lack of it in the Seekonk and Attleboro?

I just read an article on Yahoo . It discusses the problems that many poor and/or rural students have in accessing the Internet to do their homework.

Some schools have asked teachers to limit homework assignments requiring use of the Web. Some go to a local McDonalds in which Wi-Fi is free, in some of them anyway.

So, I was wondering what the situation is like here in Seekonk and Attleboro areas? How many families and students do you know of that do not have Internet access at home? What is the solution?

Yes, the Attleboro Library  offers access, but how late in the evening? Do the local McDonalds have free Wi-Fi? There is no Starbucks in the local area to use—except in South Seekonk , and it is pretty small and it's too cold to sit outside and connect.

I had a couple of ideas. Perhaps our schools and local businesses could offer a secure space within their buildings, supervised by volunteers, that students could use until maybe 9 or 10 o'clock. How about Bristol Community College, here in Attleboro? They must have places where public school students could connect to the Web and get their homework done.

Then again, the Yahoo article opened with information about students in a rural Alabama community, which is certainly different from our local area. So, how many students might need this in our neighborhood? If there are only a few, some accommodation should be made for them. Let's not allow their education be made more difficult for lack of Internet connection at home.

Let's hear what you have to say.

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Todd Ouellet February 02, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Steve, I think the idea of the community pitching in is excellent. Ill start the offer. I would gladly volunteer the use of our common space in our store. Pc Express. We have seating for eight. We already have the wifi in place for the buisiness. Under the guidance and supervision of adult volunteers I would glady offer this assitance till 9pm mon thru thurs. We are located across from Artistic Productions on rte 152. If anyone is serious about this please contact me. Todd Ouellet Pc Express. 508 369 3898
Todd Ouellet February 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM
i also wanted to add that we would gladly make several computers with printing capabilities avaiable to the students. Everyone is looking solutions. I have offered athe start of one. Let's see if others will follow and or follow up on our offer. Todd Ouellet Pc Express 550 Central Ave Seekonk, Ma
Jen Crowder February 15, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Wonderful! Glad to see local businesses pitching in to ensure our childrens' education! I'll remember you next time I need something for my computer!
Steve Hopkins February 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Todd - that is fantastic. Thank you for the offer. I'm surprised that there has not been more 'chatter' on this thread! Perhaps it is not a problem in our area, which is good. I wonder if anyone from the School Committee has read this but not replied?
Todd Ouellet February 21, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Well the offer stands. But nobody has approached me as of yet. Seekonk is fairly affluent so I suspect we are outside the bell curve on this, but if anyone wants to pursue it we will gladly spearhead the motion.

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