Overton High School partners with Comcast to close the digital divide
More than 150 students and guests visited Overton High School Sept. 17 to announce a new partnership with Comcast kicking off their Digital Literacy initiative. Students from the Academy of Information Technology are part of a student-led digital literacy training program, the “B.O.B. Squad” (Bobcat Opportunities through Broadband), in which they will provide trainings based out of Comcast-funded computer labs. A total of 100 IT students were chosen to be a part of the inaugural group.
Through this program, BOB Squad members will work with Legacy Mission Village and others in the community to increase digital literacy in the area. As a way to encourage students to become more digitally literate themselves, every member of the BOB Squad received a laptop from Comcast and six-months of free internet service. The company also awarded a $20,000 Comcast Foundation grant to Legacy Mission Village to establish a computer lab serving refugee families in Middle Tennessee.
“We have connected six million low-income people – 48,000 in Davidson County – through the Internet Essentials program since 2011,” Cohen said. “Comcast believes that the Internet has the power to transform lives, strengthen communities, and inspire a new generation of leaders.”
The event included Metro Nashville Public Schools leaders and community partners from across the city, including Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph, Board of Education Chair Dr. Sharon Gentry and District 2 Board of Education Member Rachael Anne Elrod. Also, participating in the event was Nashville Mayor David Briley, Comcast Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen and U.S. Gold Medalists Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, among other leaders from government, business and education.
“This generous partnership will not only give students access to technology but will help expose them to new social and economic opportunities,” Dr. Joseph said. “We are so very excited about this effort and we sincerely thank Comcast for partnering with Metro Nashville Public Schools.”