Recently I had the opportunity to attend the unveiling of a new technology lab at the Mather School, which is the oldest public elementary school in the country. The technology lab, which is the result of a partnership between SNHU and the Patriots Charitable Foundation, provides children in the school access to upgraded computers, Kindles and portable charging carts so technology can travel to their classrooms.
I found the experience humbling and, ultimately, a good reminder of why SNHU exists, for a number of reasons. The children, teachers and administration of the Mather School were incredibly excited. Yes, the children were partially fueled by the three current Patriots defensive players who came to help with the unveiling, along with Pat Patriot, the Patriots mascot, but they were also very excited to have access to technology that could help them to learn. The Mather School serves a diverse group of more than 600 students and is deeply committed to the community in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and the students it serves.
When I listened to the comments of the teachers and administrators, I was struck by the parallels between the students they serve and our own community at SNHU. The comments I made in the unveiling are in hindsight true, in the reverse:
“When people ask me why SNHU chooses to partner with organizations like the Patriots to provide access to schools like yours to upgraded technology, I think less of the importance of technology in society and more about what I hear from our students in terms of what mattered to them in their educational journey — what inspired them to learn. What they say again and again is that somewhere along their educational path — it could have been in kindergarten, in 10th grade or at their third attempt at college — they had someone who believed in them, challenged them, invested in them and inspired them to recognize that education has the power to transform lives.”
When I walk around our Millyard offices each day, I see people who are committed to you and your education, who believe in you and your potential. You are why we exist. Thank you for allowing SNHU to be a part of your educational journey.
– Amelia Manning
Executive Vice President