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$70,000 grant awarded to high-poverty school districts

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- The Dayton Foundation recently awarded a $70,000 discretionary grant aimed at assisting Learn to Earn Dayton in buying Chromebooks for schools in Dayton and Montgomery County's high-poverty school districts.

With so many schools choosing to go fully virtual, or giving their students the option to go virtual, devices with internet capabilities become essential to a student's education.

“In order for students to be successful in today’s connected environment, they need the devices to do their schoolwork remotely,” said Barbra Stonerock, vice president of Community Engagement for The Dayton Foundation. “We see this award as an investment in the future of our community’s students and leveling the opportunities for low-income families.”


The Dayton Foundations grant joins with grants from other foundations totaling over $300,000 in commitments.


The grants are part of a three-phase connectivity plan. The first phase, learn to Earn Dayton will provide and distribute approximately 900 devices to targeted schools in Dayton, Jefferson, Northridge and Trotwood Madison school districts.


Phase Two and Three of the plan focuses more on the mid- and long-term larger strategy around access to connectivity, quality remote learning experiences, maintaining devices, and more.