Monday, August 10, 2020

Local nonprofit raising monies for mobile hotspots and tech tools for more Dallas ISD students

Many of us take access to wifi for granted. Unfortunately, not all Dallas ISD students have home access to computers and wifi. Photo by Jadon Kelly on Unsplash

Providing WiFi and technology to Dallas ISD families without internet access or a computer or tablet is a top district priority to ensure students can successfully learn at home.

To help accomplish the goal of providing mobile hotspots and technology for every household, the Dallas Education Foundation (DEF) donated over $425,000 to Dallas ISD.

“Dallas ISD has done an incredible job moving our students forward through these challenging circumstances,” said DEF Executive Director Mita Havlick. “It’s now up to us, as a community, to help and support the district as they continue on the path towards educating our kids in this new paradigm.”

Additionally, the foundation has launched its Access to Technology and Virtual Education Campaign to drive the effort of providing all district students–today and in the future–the ability to access educational opportunities in a virtual environment.

DEF has already started working with its corporate partners, including Linebarger and Associates, Crown Castle, Huawei Technologies USA, and PNC Bank to fulfill this mission.

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD expects to get and deliver 15,000 additional hotspots to students this month. Trustees approved the purchase of 10,000 those hotspots at the March board meeting, and the Dallas Education Foundation provided funding for the other 5,000 hotspots.

Visit www.dallasisd.org/def to learn more or make a donation to this great cause.

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