[r45] Messmer and Borders Honor North Daviess' Technological Accomplishments (3/26/2009)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Start Date: 3/26/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/26/2009
(STATEHOUSE) March 26, 2009 - Reps. Mark Messmer and Bruce Borders praised the North Daviess school corporation for its technological and educational influence on students and the community. 

Reps. Messmer (R-Jasper) and Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) introduced a concurrent resolution in the Indiana House honoring North Daviess Community Schools for successfully bringing technology to homes in economically deprived areas and making students better-prepared through innovative use of technology in the classroom.

"Teachers need to be proactive and engaged, the way teachers at North Daviess schools are," said Rep. Messmer.  "Teachers need to be aware of what's going on in the world but also aware of where their students' abilities and needs are. 

"I'm pleased to honor North Daviess' fusion of modern technology and student needs in southern Indiana."

North Daviess School Board President Darin Holder said it was an honor for the school corporation to be recognized by the Indiana General Assembly.

"North Daviess is an example of a small, rural school that competes with - and often surpasses - the bigger schools in urban areas," Rep. Borders said.  "And not only that, they've done such a great job that their use of technology has become a model for other schools."

"It is fantastic to see Reps. Messmer and Borders recognize the tremendous efforts of our students, staff and administration," said Holder.  "They wanted to share our story and accomplishments with the entire Indiana House of Representatives."

Todd Whitlock, technology coordinator at North Daviess Community Schools, also praised the accomplishments of North Daviess students.

"We are closing the digital divide," said Whitlock.  "When the student graduates after having been at ND for four years, they leave with the laptop and all the content created.  That concept is unheard of."

"It is our hope that this kind of innovation will spread," said Rep. Messmer.  "Indiana is a leading-edge state."