As our state wrestles with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep families safe, schools campuses have been closed down for the remainder of the school year and districts are now moving towards virtual or distance learning to deliver instruction to kids. It has been incredible to see the resilience of our educators to adapt and, I think now, more than ever, families are reminded of the importance teachers play in our daily lives! Even though moving classrooms online is a great approach to keep students engaged, it has exposed a huge gap that still exists in the pursuit of every student receiving an equitable education.
In many Title I School Districts, as much as 65% of their students can still lack access to the internet and devices they need to participate in virtual classrooms. As we all work diligently to properly manage the current crisis in our state, another one looms if we can not keep kids connected. As a response we have created an initiative named ‘Title I Tech’ to assist Title I districts with getting their students what they need to keep learning. This is where we need your help.
Through our partnership with Mathew Blades of the Mix 969 morning show, Mathew & Priscilla, we have committed $15,000 at Target for the purchase of devices (laptops, tablets, etc) to immediately get these things in kids hands, but we need more so we can do more. So, we have launched the #Continuethelearning campaign with a goal of raising an additional $25,000. This will not only enable us to get students the devices they need but also assist with internet connections and any other needs that might arise around this area. We are contacting you today in hopes that you can make a donation towards helping us reach our goal. No amount is too big or small and as a community we can overcome any challenge. So, we hope we can count on you for a contribution TODAY. To learn more about the campaign, donate or apply for help please click here.