|Volume 10 Number 1, Winter 1999|
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MCI WorldCom Hometown Help Program benefits NEON project
MCI WorldCom again has shown its generosity to The Newark Public Library. This time to the tune of $100,000. The benefactor is the Library's NEON (NEwark ONline) Hub Site Project, which shall continue fulfilling our unique responsibility to ensure free, open and equal access to information for all our patrons. This grant is part of MCI WorldCom's Hometown Help program.
This project will create a hub site in each of the City's five wards which will supply computer equipment and instruction aimed at students in grades 6 through 12.
"These hub sites will allow the Library to reach out into all corners of the City to provide our young people with the knowledge and skills in technology they need to carry them into the 21st century," said
Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director. "Our quest to provide technological resources was initiated by an NTIA grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and continual capital funding from the City."
In partnership with MCI WorldCom, the Library now can provide the necessary equipment and hire professional instructors to introduce sixth- through twelfth-graders to computers and to the Internet. More advanced training will cover word processing, on-line job searching, and the preparation of college applications and résumés. Instruction will be made available not only in English, but also in Spanish, Portuguese, and other targeted languages.
"Technology plays an increasingly critical role in enhancing the learning process of our nation's children," said Craig Helgeson, MCI WorldCom's Regional Director. "This partnership with The Newark Public Library exemplifies MCI WorldCom's Hometown Help mission of putting technology to work for America's communities."
The Library's first hub site is expected to open in early Spring.
The Second Century is published by the Development Department of The Newark Public Library, Dr. Alex Boyd, Library Director, and the Board of Trustees: Harold Lucas, President; Hilda Rosario, Vice President; Albert Coutinho, Secretary; Mark A. Santangelo, Treasurer; State District Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Beverly Hall, Marion A. Bolden, Alternate; Mayor Sharpe James, Philip LiVecchi, Alternate; Trish Morris-Yamba; Dr. Clement Alexander Price; Betty S. Rufalo.
Sharpe James, Mayor, City of Newark
Donald Bradley, South Ward, City Council President
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