Donisha Carter’s daughter is studying vocabulary and this 9-year old is now able to do something she never could before: use the Internet at home to help her with her schoolwork. “She’s in the fourth grade, and ‘inexplicable’ is a big word”, her mother explains. “She got on Yahoo! and went to the dictionary, where you can push on the speaker button and hear the word pronounced. She was able to make up a song and learn to spell it.”
Ms. Carter, a nursing student and single mother of four children, has witnessed firsthand the change from having high-speed Internet access in their Kansas City home built by Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Carter’s older children, a high school senior and a sophomore, also now use their school-issued laptops at home for homework and to learn more about colleges.