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E2D XLs – A Very Sunny Saturday in an Otherwise Rainy Charlotte

E2D XLs – A Very Sunny Saturday in an Otherwise Rainy Charlotte

My colleague Vivian Nieves and I had just addressed the 20 Garinger High School Freshmen who had been selected to receive free laptops from the E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) Program, first in English and then in Spanish. Now it was Dr. Gwaltney’s turn.
To be fair, if we were

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E2D Helps Our Friends and Neighbors

E2D Helps Our Friends and Neighbors

FACT:  The average family in North Mecklenburg County that can afford home technology has more than 11 smart devices.
FACT:  The average family in North Mecklenburg County that cannot afford home technology has ZERO.
There is simply no investment in this community that vaults kids into educational opportunity quicker than

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E2D’s 1st Anniversary of Impact!

On this day in history, August 23, 2013, E2D distributed its first 54 computers to 54 families in Davidson.
The world will never be the same…
Today is E2D’s First Impact Anniversary!
You will recall that the previous October my daughter Franny came home from Bailey Middle School and asked

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Digital Divide Effort Extends Beyond Davidson

Digital Divide Effort Extends Beyond Davidson

CORNELIUS — “I’m going to be your best student this year.”
That was the first sentence a student typed on his laptop computer after receiving it thanks to the efforts of Eliminate the Digital Divide.
Since last fall, the organization E2D has offered low-income students and their families the opportunity

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A new basic need: Closing digital divide

A new basic need: Closing digital divide

Concerned about the city’s poorest children, Charlotte leaders gathered last week to talk about how to provide them … broadband?
You’d think advocates would see more pressing needs: shelter, food, clothing. While those are obvious essentials, WiFi, it turns out, is much more than a chance to play Angry Birds.

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How one middle schooler sparked a move to end digital divide

How one middle schooler sparked a move to end digital divide

“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

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Student’s nonprofit aims to bridge digital divide

Student’s nonprofit aims to bridge digital divide

Anyone who doubts that one person can change the world needs to meet Franny Millen. The Bailey Middle eighth-grader is only 13 but she’s already created her own nonprofit that is closing the digital divide in Davidson and Cornelius.
The idea for Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D) began, last fall, when she

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With A Big Gift, E2D Begins Handing Computers To Students Who Lack Them

With A Big Gift, E2D Begins Handing Computers To Students Who Lack Them

With a gift of 500 computers from Lowes Cos. Inc. this week, the Davidson-based nonprofit E3D (Eliminate Davidson’s Digital Divide) is expanding to Cornelius and broadening its goal of putting computers into the hands of local school kids who lack them. The group has been rechristened with a broader name

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Welcome to “E Week”!

MY FOLLOW-UP COMMENTS ARE IN BOLD IN THE MARGINS.  (THIS DOES NOT MEAN I’M shouting.  I’m not.)

Friends!  WELCOME TO “E WEEK!”  THAT STANDS FOR “ELIMINATION WEEK.”
BY THE END OF SATURDAY, 54 FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY WILL HAVE LAPTOPS AND WIRELESS ACCESS IN THEIR HOMES FOR THE VERY FIRST

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