Harrisburg School District students, who normally do not have access to the internet, will be able to temporarily get online through the end of 2020.
The school district teamed up with Tri County Community Action, which will invest $160,000 to create in-home Comcast Internet Essentials Services, Verizon Hot Spot access, and Xfinity Wi-Fi Hot Spots. Through the Connectivity Partnership, users will not be charged to access the internet in designated business and outdoor locations, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers, through Dec. 31.
Tri County Community Action is using funds from the federal the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, through a Community Services Block Grant, to pay for the initiative. The organization estimates nearly 1,500 families with school-aged children will be served.
“One of the best ways to disrupt and permanently break the cycle of poverty is through education and investing in our youth,” said Executive Director Jennifer Wintermyer. “Tri County Community Action is thankful to be part of the solution, and we are committed to working in partnership with the Harrisburg School District to meet the educational needs of children.”
Superintendent Chris Celmer said Harrisburg is thrilled to be able to offer this support to district families.
“In a city where 84% of students and families are considered low income or economically disadvantaged, this partnership is a tremendous step toward closing the digital divide and ensuring access to high-speed internet at no-cost for one year for 1,500 Harrisburg School District families,” Celmer said. “With the generous support of Tri County Community Action, this partnership helps make significant progress toward equitable technological access.”
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