The Lancaster Rotary Club and the Northern Forest Center have teamed up to ensure that all students at White Mountains Regional High School (WMRHS) and Groveton High School can access the internet to fully participate in the distance learning necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

190606 NFC LancasterSchoolWalk 002 DSC09171 crpd smallThe Center donated $2,500 to the Lancaster Rotary Club to purchase mobile hotspots with prepaid data plans for students who lacked the internet access they needed, either because broadband internet is unavailable at their homes, or due to data limitations. “This should be enough data for them to use Google Classroom, watch assigned videos, email teachers and peers, maybe do a 10-minute hang-out for discussions,” said Rob Scott, WMRHS’s Career and Technical Education Director, who began distributing the hotspots and helping to set them up April 17.

WMRHS surveyed families by phone to see how many students would need a better digital connection to do their schoolwork and initially found 12 that needed help. As of April 28, Scott had delivered 12 data hotspots to WMRHS students, provided 10 devices to Groveton High School for students in SAU 58, and had 2 devices remaining.

Maine Marketing
The Center is helping the region’s tourism businesses reach customers through improved digital marketing, which is an essential resource for travelers researching their options or making spur-of-the-moment decisions.
In Maine, DD + Co. is consulting one-on-one with businesses to make sure they’re listed on leading travel sites and have a solid social media marketing strategy as well as a website that will show up well in customer searches. With travel curtailed for now due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, it will be critically important for tourism-dependent businesses to perform well in digital searches once business can resume.

Mobile HotspotsThe Center is working with partners in Lancaster, NH, and the Maine West region to ensure that students can access the internet to fully participate in the distance learning necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the Maine West region, the Center is working with local and national partners to deliver mobile hotspot-enabled tablets to students without home internet access. A total of 150 devices are being distributed to students across four rural school districts serving Oxford Hills, Bethel and Rumford-Dixfield areas.

Randy from Kamp Kamp in GreenvilleThe Center has been offering customized technical assistance for digital marketing to help tourism businesses improve their bottom lines as a follow up to the Community Destination Academy. Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the Center and marketing consultant Danielle Dorrie of DD+Co. in Bangor have retooled the program to offer virtual coaching for upcoming sessions with participants from the Bethel Community Destination Academy. 

Danielle works with Randy from Kamp Kamp in Greenville, Maine.