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September 16, 2002

NetDay Joins with the USA Initiative to Honor Victims of September 11

Irvine, CA -- NetDay announced today a special partnership with The Unity in the Spirit of America Initiative to commemorate the memories of those who lost their lives in the September 11 tragedy. Through this partnership, NetDay's community-based programs in California, Michigan, and Texas will honor and remember the victims of the September 11 tragedies. As part of this effort, NetDay will sponsor special service projects in each location throughout the 2002-2003 school year.

The goal of The Unity in the Spirit of America Initiative is to identify and organize at least 5,000 volunteer service projects across the United States by September 11, 2002, each in tribute to one of the victims of the September 11 attacks. The initiative is administered by the Points of Light Foundation.

" The USA Act gives all Americans who shared in the horror of the September 11th attacks a chance to share in the healing." said Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the USA Act co-sponsor. "We can never let the memory of that tragic day fade from our national consciousness. While the victims of the terrorist attacks will never be forgotten, the thousands of projects that will be created by this effort will ensure that their memories live on in communities across the country."

NetDay has dedicated the 2002-2003 program year of its nation-wide technology service initiative, the NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge Program, to the victims of September 11. This dedication represents over 50,000 total hours of service from October 1, 2002 - May 1, 2003. The NetDay AmeriCorps Bridge program involves NetDay staff and AmeriCorps members that serve four K-12 school communities across the nation to advance technology understanding and integration with the purpose of enhancing learning opportunities for teachers and children.

In addition, NetDay is organizing service projects in Detroit MI, Mercedes TX, Oakland CA, and Costa Mesa CA dedicated to victims of September 11. These service projects include:

  • Senior Center Project - Assisting Oakland Senior Center with the setup of a computer lab to help seniors to learn new computer skills (Oakland CA, August 16, 2002).

  • Community Commemoration - Participating in a full day of remembrance with the Mercedes Independent School District, including the planting of a tree in memory of those who were lost a year ago (Mercedes TX, September 11, 2002).

  • Coastal Cleanup Day - Organizing students, parents and community members to participate in the Orange County Coastal Cleanup Project to clean debris off of local beaches (Costa Mesa CA, September 21, 2002).

  • Diversity Awareness Program - Organizing and Implementing a Diversity Awareness Program that uses plays and skits to demonstrate why diversity is important (Detroit MI, 2002-2003 school year).

  • Literacy Project - Collaborating with a youth volunteer group at Rea Elementary, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of the Harbor Area, to provide tutoring, mentoring and assistance with special projects to help students with learning difficulties (Costa Mesa C A, 2002-2003 school year).

" NetDay is very proud to be a USA Initiative Lead Partner, and through our service projects, we hope to honor those that lost their lives on September 11 and also create special bonds that will strengthen the communities in which we serve," said Julie Evans, CEO of NetDay.

About USA Initiative
The Unity in the Spirit of America Initiative ( is a call to action for Americans to REMEMBER those lost on September 11, RESPOND to the attacks in a positive and uniquely American way, and REBUILD communities through volunteer service.

About NetDay
NetDay (, an education technology nonprofit headquartered in Irvine, CA, is connecting every child to a brighter future by helping educators meet educational goals through the effective use of technology. Founded six years ago, NetDay connects people by creating environments where the magic of learning for all participants - students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members - is enhanced with appropriate technology resources.

About Points of Light Foundation
The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people from all walks of life -- corporations, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults -- to volunteer. By calling 1-800-VOLUNTEER, or visiting, interested persons can get connected to volunteer opportunities within their communities.