Jeffery Johnson, dean of students and athletic director at River View High School in Bradshaw, said students are able to do more online work at home while helping their parents learn about technology, too.
Johnson said cities like War are mostly connected, but others are still waiting.
Other projects are listed as accomplishments.
VH1 contributed $30,000 in musical instruments, and Verizon helped nonprofit First Book provide 4,000 books.
"As fantastic as individual acts of kindness are, that's not the goal here," Weingarten said. "The goal here is to really enable the community to have a hand up, not a hand out."
The group touts providing funds to dig water lines to two homes being built in the county. The Council of Southern Mountains, a nonprofit in McDowell, built the homes, Executive Director Randall Johnson said.
The state Housing Development Fund provided most of the money for the project, he said. He said the council appreciates ReConnecting McDowell and its contribution, but the project would have happened anyway.
He pointed to the construction of an inpatient substance abuse treatment facility. ReConnecting McDowell also lists the 10-bed residential treatment unit in its accomplishments.
Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center and West Virginia University are coordinating and funding the project, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. The project was delayed; an AFT representative said she wasn't sure when the groundbreaking took place, but she said the center was supposed to be up and running by early fall.
Early fall was also the slated completion time for a "teachers village." Developing an apartment-style building was one of the original goals to attract more teachers. Team leaders announced in June 2012 they were in the process of purchasing a building in Welch they planned to rehabilitate.
It didn't work out, thanks to the building's advanced state of disrepair.
"What happened was that we wanted to really do it quick, and you can't do something like this quick," Weingarten said. "You have to actually do it right, not quick."
Instead, the group is working with a consultant on planning for a stand-alone building. The economics have to make sense for the project to happen, Weingarten said.
Manchin said the group acknowledges the contributions of other organizations. Bringing a national presence to the initiative may have helped speed up that work, she said.
"It's not that we take credit for any one particular thing that has happened, but I do think that if it were not for ReConnecting McDowell, a lot of these groups would not have had the opportunity to talk to one another to figure out what was going on and how they could tie in and connect to it," Manchin said.
Meeting participants discussed the work of several committees devoted to various aspects of the project. Each group will funnel its efforts into three larger areas of focus: instruction, health and "wraparound services," and economic development.
Wraparound services are essential to community schools, Weingarten said: Health centers, continuing education for adults and more social services encourage the community to help itself improve.
Honaker, Lambert, Falin, Jeff Johnson and Randal Johnson all agree ReConnecting McDowell has the capacity to drastically change an atmosphere that's struggled to overcome a litany of challenges.
While Lambert said people might start to become impatient if they don't see progress in the near future, he trusts Manchin, Weingarten and others to accomplish the group's goals.
"They're good people and their word is good," said Lambert, commission president for the last 19 years.
The group is still on pace to complete its goals in three to five years, Weingarten said. It takes a good foundation, and time, to institute any change that can sustain itself, she argued.
"If you're actually thinking about you're going to create transformation in the first moment, you're not being honest," she said.
The group will compile the "deliverables" discussed Monday in a report it will present in May to the state Board of Education and the ReConnecting McDowell board at their meetings in Welch.