Many students in our district do not have access at home to the necessary computer and internet resources required to take full advantage of digital educational platforms.

Each year our teachers are using more and more online educational materials and tools, which are often required in order for students to complete homework and school projects. However, many students in our district do not have access at home to the necessary computer and internet resources required to take full advantage of these platforms. In an effort to increase accessibility to the required technology and close this digital divide, the District has developed a program to lend Chromebooks and wireless hotspots to students through the school guidance department and library/media center.

The Achieve Foundation provided $8,500 in late January 2019 to help the District pilot this Device Loaner Program at Columbia High School. This was enough to fund 25 Chromebooks, hotspots and related licensing and equipment, but a Chromebook cart (pictured left) fits 32 devices.  Please help us by donating to address the Digital Divide in the South Orange-Maplewood School District. Our goal is to raise enough money this spring to fund the purchase of an additional 7 Chromebooks and accessories, the number needed to “Complete the Chromebook Cart” at Columbia.

Throughout the rest of the school year, the district will evaluate lending data to determine how many more lending carts are needed at CHS and will consider implementing a similar program in the middle schools next year.

Once the first lending cart is fully funded, donations will go towards additional carts and other resources needed to close the digital divide in the South Orange-Maplewood schools.