Grant bridges educational divide in Ga.

By Laura Devaney
September 21st, 2015

Foundation grant will fund educational computer tablets for 1,500 low-income families

tablet-educationalThe James M. Cox Foundation announced today a $288,500 grant to EveryoneOn. The grant will fund a pilot program providing 1,500 tablet computers, preloaded with educational content, to families in Georgia who are enrolling in Cox Communications’ Connect2Compete discounted internet service program.

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service, computers and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected Americans. Connect2Compete (C2C) is EveryoneOn’s flagship program offered in partnership with Internet service providers and available to K-12 students and their families who qualify for the National School Lunch Program.

“More than half of the families who have enrolled in the Connect2Compete program have seen improved grades for children in the home,” said Alex Taylor, Executive Vice President of Cox Enterprises and a trustee of the James M. Cox Foundation. “We are proud to extend our support of EveryoneOn through this grant, providing families with increased access to the tools necessary to compete in today’s digital world.”

The initiative funded by the James M. Cox Foundation combines low-cost internet service with affordable hardware. The tablets will come with pre-loaded, best-in-class educational content from Read Right from the Start, Discovery Education and and will be available to eligible families at a deeply discounted price of $30.

Eligibility for the pilot program will be expanded to include families with children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

“There are three key barriers to broadband adoption: affordability, access to hardware and understanding the relevancy to one’s education and economic prospects,” said Zach Leverenz, founder and CEO of EveryoneOn. “Cox continues to be a strong leader of these three pillars through innovative internet adoption programs, and is helping us make great strides toward narrowing the digital divide.”

The grant was announced at a ceremony at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, before an audience of business and community leaders.

“Over the past two years the Bibb County School District has worked diligently to modernize its technology infrastructure and to provide students and staff with access to cutting edge technology in our classrooms,” said Bibb County School District Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, Jr. “We are excited that this new program will help reinforce what is taught in school by helping to make technology in the home a reality for 1,500 deserving Middle Georgia families.”

Cox was a founding partner of Connect2Compete, and the program is modeled after a broadband adoption program the company launched in California in 1999. Since 2012, Cox has connected more than 100,000 low-income Americans to the internet through the Connect2Compete program.

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Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura