Avon Grove SD Among Four Southeastern Pennsylvania Schools to Receive Free Hotspots, Internet Service

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Through free connectivity solutions, AT&T is breaking down barriers to remote learning for students

WEST GROVE, PA — AT&T and nonprofit Connected Nation are putting connectivity solutions vital to education into the hands of those who need it most.

Four schools in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including two in Chester County and one each in Delaware and Montgomery Counties, received nearly 800 free hotspots as well as free internet connectivity. They are part of more than 100 organizations and school districts that are benefiting from a $10 million commitment first announced last year to provide free internet subscriptions and wireless hotspots to 35,000 vulnerable students across the country. [1]

The schools in Pennsylvania are:

  • Elwyn Davidson School in Elwyn
  • Fairwold Academy at Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) in Fort Washington
  • Valley Youth House in West Chester
  • Avon Grove School District

“Avon Grove School District partnered with AT&T during the 2020-2021 school year while students were attending our Online Academy, engaging through video conferencing, and utilizing our learning management system,” states Dr. Jason Kotch, Director of Technology, Avon Grove School District. “We are excited to add Connected Nation to this partnership and to continue supporting families in our community who do not have access to broadband internet in their homes. This will be a positive impact that will greatly benefit our students as they grow into future-ready learners.”

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An estimated 17 million K-12 students nationwide currently lack access to the connectivity and devices required for successful online learning. While this homework gap is not new, the pandemic has heightened the challenges — most acutely in rural and under-resourced neighborhoods, where the effects disproportionately impact 1 in 3 students of color, as well as students with disabilities, and roughly 10 percent of all public-school teachers.

“Valley Youth House has been providing housing and educational resources for at-risk youth across Southeastern Pennsylvania since 2005. Valley Youth House is excited to partner with AT&T to address the lack of connectivity in underserved populations to ensure every young person can achieve their desired future,” says Joseph Lynch, Vice President of Development and Marketing, Valley Youth House.

Whether students are learning remotely or in the classroom, having access to affordable high-speed internet and devices is a non-negotiable for successful learning outcomes.

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[1] Selected recipients are required to agree to certain terms before receiving Internet subscriptions and wireless hotspots.

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