23 April 2020
Helping to make digital learning a reality in Washington, D.C.
Since the pandemic struck, basic education has had to be delivered online. Following the closure of DCPS (District of Columbia Public Schools) we learned that 30% or more students lacked the resources to learn in this way. In an effort to help those hit hardest by Coronavirus, staff from Grosvenor’s Washington, D.C. office set a goal to get technology resources into the hands of those who need them most in order to further their chance of earning a high school diploma and identifying possible career paths.
In collaboration with Toni Criner and her team at the Roosevelt S.T.A.Y. Opportunity Academy in Ward 4, we identified over a hundred students from three schools needing laptops to complete their coursework; Luke C. Moore; Roosevelt S.T.A.Y., and Ballou S.T.A.Y. Given their academic standing and location, these schools are often the last to receive funding.
Our friends at the DC Public Education Fund helped us order and manage laptop distribution. This fund allows donors to target how and where funds are disbursed among the DCPS. With our $40K donation, we sourced the laptops from Best Buy, our tenant in Alexandria, VA and on April 13, we gave 117 students each their own laptop. The remaining funds will go towards purchasing devices for students in local homeless shelters.
We hope our efforts draws attention to how others can help create learning opportunities for low-resourced students. For more information, or to get involved, visit https://www.dcedfund.org/
"DC Public Education Fund is extremely grateful to partner with Grosvenor. Their generous gift allowed 117 DCPS students to receive laptops as well as hotspots to support distance learning from home. Through Grosvenor’s support, DCPS is closing the digital divide, one student at a time.”
Zoe Lewis, Program Manager
DC Public Education Fund