As reported by Everett Chinn, Delta Democrat Times
More than 50 Digital Opportunity Trust USA TeachUp! Interns and staff attended a presentation in Indianola, MS that highlighted the importance of technology to students. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-2) attended the event at the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Technology Center in Indianola. Students from across the Delta shared how important technology is to their education.
"Many people just do not realize how important technology is," said DOT USA Teach Up! Intern, Shasheena Hooper, who works at Port Gibson Middle School. "It has definitely changed my life. Technology has opened so many doors for me."
A group of students from the Indianola School District, wowed the audience with a personalized cartoon, and the students shared their experiences with completing technology-based projects in class.
Thompson served as the guest speaker at the event and spoke positively about the DOT USA Program and its Interns.
"This program institutes technology in the classrooms which is so important and the new way of learning," said Thompson. "I can't tell you how inspired I am with your presentation of what you are doing in Delta schools and communities. I am humbled by your presentations. The Delta TeachUp! Program is indeed a splendid investment in the future of the Delta and our country."
Thompson went on to extend an invitation to utilize technology to connect with any schools or classrooms interested in having the Congressman speak to their students and added, "I spend lots of time trying to get Federal funding for new technology in our schools, but I fear that all too often it gathers dust rather than being put to good use. Your DOT TeachUp program is the answer to putting the technology in our schools into action to serve our students!"
Less than two months ago, the program was awarded a $360,000 grant from Delta Regional Authority to provide technology training for students and teachers in 13 Delta communities.
The DOT USA Development Director noted that the technology training helps make learning and the education process more exciting. "I am just happy and proud of these interns and all of their hard work. We look forward to continuing to work in the Mississippi Delta, and surrounding areas."