District 622 Receives $450,000 Grant from 3M to Provide Technology Access to Elementary Students
Thanks to a $450,000 grant from 3M, District 622 will be able to increase technology access to K-5 families in need during distance learning. The grant award will ensure more equitable learning opportunities and greater communication and collaboration between families and schools, in addition to increased engagement with digital content, teachers, and peers during distance learning. Funds will be used to purchase approximately 2,000 laptop devices to distribute to the district’s highest-needs households while a portion of the funds will be used to increase families’ Internet access, by purchasing Internet hotspots.
In a survey administered in early April 2020, District 622 found that 24% of all its elementary students (1,044) do not have access to reliable Internet and 57% (2,483) do not have consistent access to a device. Differences in online access among elementary students threaten to widen the opportunity gap while schools are closed, but can be mitigated when families with less economic resources are provided devices and reliable Internet access. Funding through 3M will positively impact the learning experience for our elementary-age students by allowing face-to-face time with their teacher and the ability to tap into supplemental online learning and intervention tools.
District 622 commits each day to develop and empower lifelong learners who thrive in diverse communities.
The 622 Education Foundation will serve as the fiscal agent for this grant. Committed to helping generate and distribute resources to District 622 schools, the 622 Education Foundation also seeks to enrich and expand programs that enhance the quality of education for its students.