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Monday, April 05, 2004


Michigan: Battle Creek considers using municipal fiber network to create "Downtown Learning District"

The Battle Creek Enquirer has an interesting opinion piece on a proposal to create a "downtown learning district" using the city's municipal fiber optic cable system. Excerpts:
"At this stage, it is only an idea - but a very intriguing one. Battle Creek Unlimited's concept paper on creating a 'Downtown Learning District' has the potential not only to improve educational opportunities and better utilize Battle Creek's various learning-related assets, but also to build a stronger, more unified community with a brighter future."

"... Perhaps it's best to start by dropping some of our preconceived notions and taking an objective look at the assets that this community has - many of which we often take for granted. The list is longer than you might think: Willard Library, Kingman Museum, Leila Arboretum, Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center, Calhoun Area Technology Center and Binder Park Zoo all provide wonderful opportunities for young people to learn. Places like the Family Y Center and Full Blast offer recreational activities that promote both good health and healthy lifestyles. Facilities such as the Community Music School, Battle Creek Public Schools' Fine Arts Center and the UAC Discovery Theatre all have the potential to give kids outlets to perform or otherwise hone their varied talents. Cereal City USA, Kimball House Museum and Historic Adventist Village help preserve our community's roots and explain how we got to where we are today."

"... For example, is it possible to form a partnership between local schools and the Community Music School that would help maintain or enhance schools' music programs in this era of declining funds?"


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