Bill White and Verizon hand out Crackberries to high schoolers


Making this one of the very few times in my life where I think it would be cool to be in high school again, Mayor Bill White and HISD are hooking some Lee High School students up with a very cool new ‘Virtual’ Mentorship program and Blackberries!

From the press release:

Expectation Graduation, an HISD and City of Houston partnership, is looking for Houstonians to volunteer for the “Virtual” Mentorship program. Some Lee students will receive Blackberries for limited use and will benefit from the guidance and counseling of Houstonians who will communicate via text messaging.

HISD School Superintendent Dr. Abelardo Saavedra said, “If you look at how young people communicate these days it’s through text messaging, so what better way to communicate with an at-risk student that you are mentoring than texting? This also allows professionals who may not have the time to visit a school on a regular basis to still volunteer and be there for a student. Virtual mentoring has the potential to help many of our at-risk students and get more people involved as volunteers.”

I think this is a very forward-thinking program and give mad props to the city for embracing something so techie. Read more about it here. Thanks to awesome Sandra for the heads up!

1 Comment so far

  1. Jim (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

    Someone should show this article to Mayor White and HISD.

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