In 1995, NetDay inspired a grassroots volunteer effort to wire the nation's K-12
for Internet access, launching a national movement. The first "NetDay" was held
on March 9, 1996, in California when an estimated 50,000 volunteers wired 4,000
schools. Over 500,000 volunteers wired more than 75,000 classrooms in 40 states
from 1996 to 2001. Today, over
99% of all K-12 schools have Internet connectivity.
In 2001, NetDay launched a new direction with the mission to connect every
child to a brighter future by helping educators meet educational goals through
the effective use of technology. Our community initiatives, NetDayCompass,
and NetDay Voice provide a careful balance of hands-on community and school-based
projects with new vehicles for scaling best practices to have greater impact.