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Mountains to Climb

AFT's respected quarterly magazine, American Educator, features this story on Reconnecting McDowell in the Summer 2016 issue. Read the article here.

Foundation providing $50K for books in McDowell County

A New York-based company’s foundation is providing $50,000 to purchase about 14,000 books to be placed in school buses and seven “literacy centers” around McDowell County, reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Read the article.

Reconnecting McDowell sees continuing progress

Student achievement is beginning to inch up, families have greater access to health and social services, and McDowell County, W.Va., while still hurting from decades of economic decline, is in a better place since Reconnecting McDowell was launched four years ago, according to leaders of the public-private partnership.

Free laptops for McDowell middle school students

Every McDowell County middle-school student received free laptops, courtesy of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Connect2Compete, and the Reconnecting McDowell partnership. Tomblin said, "I believe in Reconnecting McDowell and the potential it has to improve our children's lives. That's why I support this laptop project." MORE