City of Carmel Proclaims “Net Literacy Week”

Mayor Jim Brainard has proclaimed March 18th to March 24th as “Net Literacy Week” in Carmel, Indiana.

Net Literacy was founded by middle school students attending Carmel Middle School in 2003, and beginning in 2005, students at Carmel High School have repurposed computers after school for more than ten years. On May 18th, Carmel High School’s Net Literacy chapter was recognized by Mayor Brainard and the City of Carmel for repurposing and donating over 5,000 computers. These computers donations have been distributed to community centers, senior centers, public libraries, schools, and K12 families in Carmel and throughout Indiana.

Also, Carmel High School students have assisted hundreds of Carmel residents at senior centers and independent living facilities by teaching them computer, internet, and device skills.  Carmel Clay Schools elementary and middle school students have also helped increased internet safety awareness through in school presentations and by staring in safety PSAs that were scripted by Net Literacy student volunteers and carried on television throughout central Indiana.

Receiving the proclamation were Ethan Welp and Evan Kenyon, two Carmel High School students and Net Literacy volunteers. Also recognized was Carmel Clay Schools teacher Stacie Fowler, who sponsors the Net Literacy club at Carmel High School.

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Harshman Middle School Students Learn Computer Repurposing Skills

Working with Net Literacy for a fifth year, Dr. Caren Lettofsky has engaged her students with a two week project based learning exercise that teaches students how to work in teams while learning how to repurpose a computer by assembling it’s parts. As has been the case during past years, Dr. Lettofsky said that her students started this project by telling her that “I can’t” but as they made progress and gained confidence, their I can’ts turned into “I did it!” After the computers are repurposed by the students, they are donated to Harshman families without a computer at home.

Dr. Lettofsky was recognized by the Indianapolis Public Schools in 2017 for her success in this program by being named as a semi-finalist in the Hubbard Life-Changing Educator Awards.

Said Daniel Kent from Net Literacy, “We are proud to support IPS, Dr. Lettofsky, and hundreds of Harshman Middle School students that have learned computer skills in her class or have benefited by receiving a computer!”

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