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Nonprofit Donates Computers And Internet To BISD Families

bridging the gap

Dozens of computers and mobile hotspots with three months of unlimited internet service were distributed to low-income families from the Belton Independent School District on Saturday.

Bridging the Gap, a nonprofit-led initiative of PCs for People and Mobile Beacon, in partnership with United Way of Central Texas, hosted the distribution event at the Ralph Wilson Youth Club in Temple.

Bridging the Gap helps community anchor institutions like housing authorities, schools, libraries, and nonprofits provide affordable computers and Educational Broadband Service (EBS) internet to individuals and families below the 200% poverty level. 

“The opportunities and access to technology that PCs for People and Mobile Beacon will provide to our students and their families are invaluable,” Belton ISD Board of Trustees President Sue M. Jordan said. “We are incredibly grateful for our long-time partnership with the United Way of Central Texas and appreciate them for being the powerful connector that brought us all together in support of our community.”

“Many of our students lack access to experiences that enrich and support their learning,” Southwest Elementary Assistant Principal Tammie Baggerly said. “Giving these computers and internet access opens up the world to them.” 

Baggerly says the technology donations are already having an immediate positive impact.

“I spoke to shy fifth grader this morning who received a computer, and the moment I asked her about her computer she gave an enormous smile,” she said. “This is her family’s first computer. She said she played on Prodigy and Cool Math Games, which are both math sites we use in school, all weekend.”

Mobile Beacon provides high-speed, low-cost, mobile internet access to the anchors of communities, and PCs for People has been a driving force behind digital inclusion efforts across the U.S. by providing sourcing, refurbishing, distribution and support.

Similar distribution events were also held for both Temple and Waco Independent School Districts this weekend.

Joshua Wucher
joshua.wucher@bisd.net
September 30, 2019