As COVID-19 closed schools across the country, parents and educators were forced to figure out how to transition students to remote learning. While teachers adjusted syllabi and schools invested in education software, a more basic need quickly became apparent in households across the country: not every student that needed a computer with internet access had one.
In our hometown of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, CVS Health was prepared to help. When the Rhode Island Foundation issued a challenge to businesses and individuals in the state to support the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), we responded with a $150,000 donation to provide 750 Chromebook laptops to students in grades three through five.
This donation helped to close the technology gap for Woonsocket students by providing pre-k through grade 12 students in the district the technology they needed to succeed at remote learning.
“Seeing Rhode Islanders come together to generously support our students and our teachers is inspiring. By focusing on the tools that make Distance Learning possible for every student, we are making equitable learning opportunities possible during this public health crisis,” said Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg.
“CVS Health has been an incredible partner in our state’s response to this pandemic, and I am so appreciative of their support of Woonsocket students,” said Angélica Infante-Green, RI Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Access to technology can make all the difference between making school happen and preventing students from all participation. This donation will have an incredible impact to close the tech gap and help Woonsocket students make the most of their distance learning experience.”