HAVE PAVILLION, WILL HOTSPOT: CHARLOTTE CHURCH IS FIRST REMOTE WIFI SITE FOR DICKSON COUNTY STUDENTS
By Dave Barkholz
Dickson County Schools is trying to bring the Internet to the WiFi-less in the county.
The district has purchased 8 to 10 portable WiFi hotspots that it intends to place in the more remote parts of the county.
The first was placed in Charlotte Tuesday at the Charlotte-Fagan United Methodist Church.
The district discovered that about 30% of the county’s 8,300 students are without Internet when the schools had to shut March 10 because of the coronavirus. That became clear when the Dickson Schools switched lessons from the classroom to the Internet.
If the schools can’t reopen fully next semester on August 1, the hotspots may be used for online lessons.
Charlotte-Fagan United Methodist Church has a large covered pavilion on its campus with 12 standard picnic tables that people can use for their Chromebooks and laptops, said Pastor Nick Baird-Chrisohon. The parking lot also has 50 spaces.
Pastor Baird-Chrisohon said his congregation has been looking for opportunities to help with the local schools. And the church was more than happy to host the hotspot after being asked by the district.