HAMILTON - freedomFIBER is gathering local superintendents and government leadership today, Wednesday, June 10, at 9 a.m., to discuss ways to reach students who live without internet access.
Trey Cunningham, freedomFIBER Marketing and Public Relations coordinator informed the Journal Record that more than 9 million children nationwide lack internet access at home.
“When you bring the numbers down to Northwest Alabama the size might lessen, but the percentage increases,” said Cunningham.
“In the most recent months we have had to adapt in a multitude of ways and the reliance on internet has increased. freedomFiber’s purpose is to help change peoples’ lives for the better and one way in doing so is providing a service that can keep students connected.”
In attendance will be: Steve Foshee, Tombigbee Electric Cooperative Chief Executive Officer; Chris Cook, Superintendent of Winfield City Schools; Ann West, Marion County Schools Superintendent of Education; Vance Herron, Lamar County Superintendent of Education; Jim Burkhalter, Fayette County Superintendent of Education; Dr. Holly Sutherland, Haleyville City Schools Superintendent of Education; Dr. Joel Hagood, Walker County Schools Superintendent of Education; James Manasco, District Representative for Congressman Robert Aderholt; and Paul Housel, District Field Director.
“These uncertain times have called for the meeting, and now more than ever, kids need to be educated,” stated Cunningham.
“Finding a way to provide internet will allow students to continue their education at home and broaden their horizons on other subject matters.”