On June 22, 2020 Dr. Mike Looney, Fulton County Schools Superintendent, was our guest speaker. A big challenge this school year is achieving distance learning during the Coved crisis. He challenged the club to obtain hotspots for families who could not afford internet service. RCSS members met with school officials and determined a great need existed at Sandy Springs Middle School. With schools closed we were not able to do our planned school literacy project. We redirected our $1500 district grant for that project to enable the purchase of 8 Hotspot devices. These will now enable eight families to receive service for two years . Each hotspot can allow six devices to connect to the internet which can provide distance learning for up to 48 students at one time. perhaps more depending on the device range. Over two years many additional families could benefit.
On Nov. 11 club members visited the school and Principal Laurie Woodruff commented: "Thank you all for coming out to visit Sandy Springs Middle School today to share in the excitement of providing hotspots to our families! I feel fortunate to have an amazing organization such as Rotary Club of Sandy Springs invested in supporting our school and community. I know that our partnership will continue to flourish, with the students of SSCMS being the ultimate beneficiaries".
As a result of this meeting the club is also pursuing a corporate club membership with Fulton County Schools to enable school principals to attend Rotary Club meetings near them and receive the benefits Rotary membership can provide.