April 19, 1997
To: All Americans
From: Al Gore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
On Saturday, April 19, 1997, thousands of volunteers across the country will begin wiring their schools to the Information Superhighway. I congratulate you, along with all of the organizers, sponsors and volunteers who are participating in this historic and exciting effort. Your efforts to connect the students in your home town to the internet is a fine example of the work being done around the country to connect our young people to the future.
President Clinton and I helped to wire classrooms in March during the first NetDay in California. Our goal is to ensure that every young person is technologically literate by the 21st century. We must give them the tools they need to be successful in the Information Age, and it starts in classrooms and libraries across the country.
Technology is a powerful tool for teaching and learning. In schools that have computers and access to the Internet, teachers can exchange lesson plans with each other and communicate with parents via electronic mail. Students can log into the Library of Congress to research a history paper, communicate in real-time with scientists in Antarctica, and learn about the possibility of life on Mars from the NASA home page on the World Wide Web. When students get hooked on learning, test scores go up and dropout and absenteeism rates go down.
NetDay sponsors, organizers and volunteers help to build a bridge to the 21st century for all of our nation's children -- rich and poor, urban and rural. There is nothing more important then providing young people with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed in the future.
Congratulations and thank you, again, to all of those participating in NetDays across the country. For more information on NetDay activities in all 50 states, visit the NetDay home page at www.netday96.com.