Reconnecting McDowell aims to do just that, said Weingarten, and the goal of Monday's retreat is to translate the goals of the turnaround effort into a concrete action plan.
Four months after the launch of the program, Weingarten says Reconnecting McDowell has made substantial progress:
Save the Children and the West Virginia Legislature pledged $1 million for childhood literacy and early intervention programs.
The state Legislature passed two bills that will make it easier to bring alternatively certified teachers into schools and could declare McDowell an "innovation zone."
Frontier Communications gave $100,000 to work with Globaloria's online learning projects.
The Benedum Foundation gave the project $100,000 in grant money for planning purposes.
First Book will provide one book to every McDowell County child and revamp Mount View High School's library with a $114,000 grant.
The AFL-CIO provided $6,500 to place water lines in five of the first middle-class housing units to be built in the county in 20 years.
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