DOT USA Awarded Grant from Hardin Foundation to Serve Meridian Schools

By July 30, 2012
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Rebecca Combs-Dulaney, CEO of the Phil Hardin Foundation announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously approved a grant of $180,000 to Digital Opportunity Trust USA Inc. to provide the local matching funds to enable 15 TeachUp! Technology Interns to serve in the Meridian, Mississippi Public School District for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year.

The 15 TeachUp! Technology Interns will spend the coming school year helping the Meridian Public Schools' 460 teachers accelerate the use of 21st century technology to assist them in aligning with the state's new Core Standards and to provide more exciting and effective interactive, project-driven learning experiences for the district's 6,424 students in grades k-12. The goal of the program is to help teachers gain confidence and increased proficiency in using the latest learning technologies in order to boost student success, engagement and graduation rates.

"After evaluating the positive impact the TeachUp! Technology Empowerment Program has had on other schools around the state," explained Combs-Dulaney, "Meridian Superintendent Alvin Taylor and his team were eager to have TeachUp! serve our Meridian schools and teachers and the Hardin Foundation is pleased to help make that possible."

"We believe that TeachUp! can help our Meridian teachers become more comfortable with 21st century technology and see technology as a friend and tool to lighten burdens and make learning more exciting and successful," said Combs-Dulaney.

"We are excited about this new partnership with the Hardin Foundation and the Meridian Public Schools and plan to train and place our TeachUp! Interns in their district by Labor Day," said Deanna Stewart, Program Director for DOT USA. "We are working closely with the Meridian Community College, Mississippi State University's Meridian campus and other Meridian institutions to recruit a strong cadre of interns to serve in the program. We look forward to this new partnership and the endless opportunities it will bring to teachers and students in Meridian."

The Hardin Foundation was founded by Meridian businessman Phil Hardin in 1964 to work for the improvement of the education of all Mississippians. Since its inception, The Phil Hardin Foundation has provided more than $38.8 million in grants and loans to further Mr. Hardin's charitable intent.


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