The Berkshire Hills Technology Fund, operating under the umbrella of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, was established in 2000 by parents, representatives of the Berkshires Hills Regional School District, and other community members. The mission of the Fund is to support the creative use of technology for educational excellence in the schools that serve the towns of Great Barrington, Stockbridge, and West Stockbridge in western Massachusetts. Currently, over 1,500 students are enrolled in these schools.
The first project of the Fund was to ensure that all students, teachers, and administrators in the School District (K-12) have Internet-enabled computers at home. The Fund has made an ongoing commitment to assist District families in obtaining affordable bank financing for a computer purchase or - depending on need - even borrow a computer at no charge for as long as the student is enrolled in the District.
The goal of this project has been to close the "digital divide" - the gap between technological "haves" and "have-nots" - in our school community. Our students will have the skills not only to cope with the New Economy, but also to thrive in it.