Henderson, Nev. – Henderson students without internet access at home can find a place to study at two of the city’s six recreation centers. Downtown Recreation Center (105 W. Basic Rd.) and Henderson Multigenerational Center (250 S. Green Valley Pkwy.) The centers’ Homework Zones are the front edge of the city’s efforts to close the homework gap, ensuring that all Henderson students have access to the internet for study and to do their homework.
This evening, the Henderson City Council is expected to approve a contract to install WiFi access at the city’s remaining recreation centers: Black Mountain (599 Greenway Rd.), Silver Springs (1951 Silver Springs Pkwy.), Valley View (500 Harris St.), and Whitney Ranch (1575 Galleria Dr.). These Homework Zones are expected to be open to students before the end of the year.
The City of Henderson is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada (Boyd Clubhouse, 1608 Moser Dr., and Kish Clubhouse, 401 Drake St.) and Henderson Libraries (James I. Gibson, 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy., Green Valley, 2797 N. Green Valley Pkwy., and Paseo Verde, 280 S. Green Valley Pkwy.) to develop more Homework Zones. Boys & Girls Club WiFi access is available with membership.
The need to provide internet access to underserved areas is among the education projects identified in Henderson’s Smart City Strategy.
“Our Homework Zone project is one of several tactics to facilitate equitable educational opportunities for Henderson students, anytime and anywhere, through expanded internet access,” said Chief Information Officer Laura Fucci. “We are especially pleased to be sharing this goal with the Henderson Libraries and Boys & Girls Club.”
Henderson’s Smart City Strategy was adopted in March 2018 through input gathered from internal and external stakeholders, review of up-and-coming technologies and alignment with the Henderson Strong Comprehensive Plan. The strategy identifies technology initiatives in four focus areas: citizen services, public safety, education and transportation.
For more information on Henderson’s Smart City Strategy, visit cityofhenderson.com. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and look us up on Instagram.