E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide), Franny Millen, Davidson NC, Davidson Elementary School, Davidson College, President Carol Quillen, community, leadership: What a nice article about Franny!! Kudos to Franny and her parents, Eileen Keeley and Pat Millen! Davidson friends … note the author of the article. 🙂
“Dad, how do kids without the Internet do their homework?” For Franny Millen, then a sixth-grade student at Bailey Middle School in Cornelius, the digital divide posed a threat to educational opportunity in her neighborhood school. And from Franny’s standpoint, it had to go.
Franny’s leadership inspired a town, a school system, The Ada Jenkins Center, Lowe’s, and Davidson College to join together and accomplish in six months what others across this nation claim cannot be done. E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) launched in January. Last week, more than 50 families for the first time gained home Internet access, ownership of a computer, and free ongoing technical support – Davidson Elementary School’s digital divide is officially history.
E2D demonstrates how a single voice can mobilize individuals and organizations from different sectors to achieve together what none could do alone. And E2D is rapidly expanding its reach.
One “no” early on could have ended E2D before it began. One “the problem is too big,” or “one school does not matter,” or “this can’t scale,” and E2D would never have happened.
Instead, what began as a single heartfelt question is inspiring a cross-sector collaboration in which public school districts, businesses, CBOs, and colleges will join together to create equality of opportunity – opportunities to learn, to work, to lead, to connect and to build community – through the power of technology.
Davidson College is proud to be a partner in this effort. Our primary purpose – to lead in service of something larger than ourselves – obligates us to convene public/private partnerships and to collaborate across ideological and institutional boundaries to confront our society’s greatest challenges.