|RI Community and OSHEAN Members Come Together After Burglary|
Sophia Academy is a private middle school for girls specifically who have less fortunate backgrounds in the Providence area. On Friday, December 13th, thieves broke into Sophia Academy, ripping classrooms apart and making off with over $50,000 worth of electronics—as well as donated Christmas gifts. As news of this ghastly act spread, members of OSHEAN, local businesses, and the community came together, offering their support and donating money to make up for what was lost. OSHEAN member Brown University was quick to respond by generously donating $25,000 to the Academy. The outpouring of support has allowed Sophia Academy to make up for what was taken from them, and to continue with their plans to move to their new home on Presidents' Day. Elizabeth Rich, who is the schools operation manager, stated, "The influx of support has been amazing; it is heart breaking that someone would do something like this. It has had a significant impact on the progress and momentum for the school’s plan to move to our new building.”
The community’s response to the incident stands as a testament to the dedication that New Englanders, and OSHEAN members, have for technology in a learning environment. As we continue to face hurdles moving forwards, no boundaries will restrict our community from having one of the best Internet-based communication infrastructures in the country.