Student’s proposal gives kids WiFi

(photo and story courtesy of Fremont Tribune)
James Farrell, Fremont Tribune

Nine Fremont Public Schools students now have access to WiFi at home, thanks to a project by Fremont Middle School seventh-grader Beau Shanahan.

The project was part of the Fremont Area Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Contest, an annual contest that invites area youth to pitch philanthropic projects and receive funding to carry them out.

Beau’s project, however, is different from many of the others that have been approved in the past. It’s the first time in its four-year history that the Youth Philanthropy Contest will fund a pilot program, one that aims to provide several area households with WiFi for a year.

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Beau Shanahan, center, and Melissa Diers of the Fremont Area Community Foundation, right, present a check to Brenda Hansen, assistant store manager at Fremont’s Spectrum location, to help several area households receive WiFi.