United Way Digital Divide Program Provides Tablets To Students In Need Ahead Of Virtual Start To School Year
Technology is now an essential part of learning for many children across Maryland who are about to begin school virtually. But not every family can afford the computers and tablets that are needed to keep students in class. Now, United Way is working to bridge the digital gap.
Tablets are critical school supplies for students at Ben Franklin High School this coming semester. “They’re not able to access teaching and learning if they don’t have technology,” Kelly Oglesbee, Community School Coordinator at Benjamin Franklin High School, said. Every junior and senior is getting an Amazon Fire Tablet so no one misses out on class that’s now gone all virtual.
“Having that Amazon Fire is going to help us a lot just because we’ll be able to have access without having to try to find a computer,” Monica Hamilton, a mother of two Benjamin Franklin High School students, said. United Way is paying for all of the tablets through its digital divide fund so even families that don’t have enough money for the technology still have access to it.