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Technology Companies Help Fund Massachusetts NetDayAt the second Massachusetts NetDay on Saturday, April 5, some 7,000 volunteers, including Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA), helped install and distribute between $8 million and $10 million in Internet goods, services, and technical support to over 430 schools. Companies contributing to the effort included Lotus, Sun Microsystems, BankBoston, and the California-based 3Com Corporation. The recent effort follows on the heels of the first Massachusetts NetDay, held last October, when 140 schools out of 1,500 statewide were wired for Internet access. The NetDay effort in Massachusetts began as a way of supporting education reform, said Steven E. Miller, executive director of Mass. Networks Education Partnership, Inc. Before the first event, Massachusetts ranked second to last nationally in networked classrooms.
FCnote: The Lotus Development Corporation Philanthropy Program (MA) made grants totaling $4,257,000 in the year ending 12/31/95.
FCnote: The Sun Microsystems Foundation, Inc. (CA) had assets of $3,153,251 and made grants totaling $1,289,052 in the fiscal year ending 10/31/95.
"Mass NetDay Joins Kids, Keyboards." Boston Herald 4/6/97, p. 12.
"NetDay: Part Two." Op-ed. Boston Herald 4/5/97, p. 12.
Duffy, James A. "New NetDay Aims to Increase Classrooms Linked to Internet." Boston Globe 4/4/97, p. A22.
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