Several hundred Mooresville students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will receive free high-speed Internet in their homes through a partnership announced this week between the school district and MI-Connection Communications.
MI-Connection is Mooresville and Davidson’s government-run Internet, phone and cable TV provider.
Qualifying families will receive free service during the school year. Households must have at least one child in fourth grade or higher in the Mooresville Graded School District who has applied for and is eligible for free or reduced lunch.
The initiative is called Internet REACH (Reach Every Available Community Household).
“We may be the first school district in the nation to provide students a digital connection from both home and school,” Mooresville Superintendent Mark Edwards said in a statement announcing the program. “When we talk about every child, every day, this effort brings our motto to life.”
The Mooresville school district has been a national model because of its digital conversion and high academic achievement rates.
As a result, Edwards was named national Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators this year, and President Barack Obama visited Mooresville Middle School in June.
Initial sign-up dates for the program are 5-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Oct. 24 at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 355 S. Broad St., Mooresville.
Parents must bring their letter of eligibility from the school, along with payment of a one-time installation fee of $20.
After Oct. 24, sign-ups will be taken at the MI-Connection customer service center, 435 S. Broad St., Mooresville, during business hours.
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