Digital Learning Initiative expands in Fairfield County

First Posted: 3:01 pm - January 15th, 2016

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY — The Fairfield County School District has expanded its Digital Learning Initiative to the local faith-based community.

Brown Chapel Baptist and White Oak Baptist Church have agreed to allow high school and middle school students to utilize their wireless network during after-school hours to ensure they have access to digital tools and resources.

“Many students do not have internet access outside school. This is an inflection point in education – a critical opportunity to transform how schools, parents, and faith-based organizations collaborate to ignite student engagement in learning,” said Dr. J. R. Green, school superintendent. “Anytime-anywhere learning is a key goal in education and schools can’t accomplish this goal alone. We started this initiative a year ago, and I am ecstatic to see congregations and pastors partnering with the school district.”

The initiative kicked off in December.

“Brown Chapel Baptist Church is ready and very optimistic about what the result of this effort will bring. To God be the glory,” Pastor Rick Gibson said.

Brown Chapel Baptist Church on S.C. 215 in Jenkinsville is open from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday.

White Oak Baptist Church will open for two hours each Tuesday and Thursday starting at 4 p.m.

“I am glad we can help. I hope to see some students take advantage of the opportunity and facility,” said Pastor Henry Spann said. White Oak Baptist Church is located on White Oak Church Road in Winnsboro.

The district has at least four additional churches on the waiting list. Any faith-based organization interested in the initiative should contact Jackie Wallace at the District Office at 803-635-4607.

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