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May 2, 2003

Santa Ana Americorps Bridge Site Hosts Representative Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman visits with students and meets AmeriCorps members

Santa Ana, CA. - - During a visit today with students and AmeriCorps members at Monte Vista Elementary School in Santa Ana, Representative Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) had the opportunity to observe the ways in which technology is helping to improve educational experiences. Representative Sanchez was welcomed to the program by NetDay CEO Julie Evans and NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge Project Director Barb Hayes.

“I am pleased that Representative Sanchez was able to meet with the students here in Santa Ana. Working with the AmeriCorps members, the students and teachers in Monte Vista are expanding their opportunities and enriching their learning experiences,” noted Julie Evans.

Representative Sanchez visited with students in Mr. Hernandez’ second grade class and then sat down with 10 NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge members to talk about technology, community and education. The AmeriCorps members asked Representative Sanchez about her own personal use of technology, her education and career path and her support for AmeriCorps programs. Besides working with the students on technology projects, the AmeriCorps members are also learning new ways to be active citizens in their community. The visit from Representative Sanchez was a significant opportunity for the members to learn about one of their elected officials. “I was very impressed with all of the technology that Representative Sanchez uses in her job. It made me realize how important it is for all of these Santa Ana children to have access to technology as part of their education,” commented Jimmy Green, a NetDay AmeriCorps member.

After her visit, the Congresswoman expressed admiration for the students, members and program. “ I am inspired by the dedication of the AmeriCorps members and the commitment of the students and faculty. I know that this program will help the community to acquire the skills necessary for success in the 21st century economy, “she noted.

NetDay's mission is to connect every child to a brighter future by helping educators meet educational goals through the effective use of technology. NetDay (, a national non-profit organization known for its successful school wiring programs, today manages community and web-based programs that promote enhanced student achievement through the effective use of technology.

NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge program recruits AmeriCorps volunteers to dedicate a year of service to bridge the digital divide by helping with technology integration projects within schools and building local capacity for school community engagement around technology. In its second full year of implementation the program is operating this school year in Oakland, CA, Detroit, MI, Rio Grande Valley TX and Santa Ana CA, impacting over 20,000 students.