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Smithfield School Sets Example for 'Net Day'

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SMITHFIELD — July 23, 1996 - 10:20 a.m. EDT

Some Johnston County residents donated one day of their lives to get one Smithfield school ready to surf the net.

Saturday, a Smithfield school became the model for the upcoming, statewide "Net Day '96". When the real thing comes around, volunteers statewide hope to wire 63,000 classrooms to the internet.

Dozens of volunteers joined in the task. In one day, they wired 30 classrooms for internet access with two plugs per class.

Technical supervisors made sure the job was finished to code, but the crew wasnotprofessional.

Volunteer Jeannie Rhodes (pictured, right) says she's a perfect example of that.

Organizers say the use of volunteer labor will save taxpayers $140 million if they can wire nearly 2,000 schools.

If you'd like to get involved with Net Day '96, or want information, call 1-800-NC-NETDAY, or visit theNorth Carolina Net Dayhome page.

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