Many households in Grant County will soon have access to low-cost internet service so their students are prepared for the upcoming school year.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati is expanding its NKY Digital Equity Initiative for Students program by supplying 128 additional households in Grant County with six months of internet service so students can succeed in virtual learning.
Without internet access, remote learning could become a hindrance to many families across the Tri-State.
“Digital inequity creates unequal access to information, technology, and opportunities to learn, which further widens the well-documented achievement gap,” said Moira Weir, the president and CEO of United Way of Greater Cincinnati. “We saw this amplified with remote learning under COVID-19.”
Roughly 10 percent of the 60,000 K-12 students in Northern Kentucky lack internet service at home.
Leigh Fox, the president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell, said it’s “critical that all students in Northern Kentucky have access to education – which means that all students must also have access to the internet to participate in remote learning.”
The pilot program is focusing on districts with the greatest need — Boone County, Kenton County, Campbell County, Covington Independent Public Schools, Erlanger-Elsmere Independent, Newport Independent, Dayton Independent, Ludlow Independent, and Bellevue Independent.
How you can help
The initial funding for the program came from Horizon Community Funds and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. It will cover 884 families in Northern Kentucky. United Way wants to raise more to cover more than 1,000 families total.
Amanda Greenwell, the director of United Way’s Northern Kentucky Area Center, said the community can help sponsor more homes in need by texting “NKYWIFI” to 71777.
“A $78 donation will connect a household for six months of service at $12.99 a month,” she said.
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