A recent survey found that 40% of children do not have reliable internet and almost 40% are without access to functioning devices. The closure of schools in March exacerbated an existing crisis in education for children in poverty, millions of whom do not have access to enable virtual learning. These children are isolated without educational support and are falling further behind.
Today, to help address the widening digital divide, education and technology companies came together to announce a first of its kind grant: Creating Learning Connections (CLC) grant. The grant aims to provide a holistic learning experience to students in the U.S., most notably those impacted by COVID-19. This includes providing families with laptops, internet connectivity, and LEGO Education learning solutions, which teach students STEAM concepts with LEGO bricks.
As a part of this initiative, we are excited to share that Tiospaye Topa School has been selected to receive 145 Chromebooks and a $4,000.00 Internet connectivity stipend.
As one of the 45 recipients of this grant, we look forward to seeing how these tools further the education of our students. Through the generosity of First Book, CDW-G, and Intel Corporation, the students at Tiospaye Topa School will be better equipped to engage in digital learning opportunities. The students and staff are grateful for the educational resources provided through the Creating Learning Resources Grant funding.