Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Comcast and Holyoke Public Schools Announce Partnership to Increase Attendance and Bridge the Digital Divide





 WHAT:
    On Wednesday, November 12 Holyoke Public Schools and Comcast held a special event to announce a partnership aimed at boosting school attendance and bridging the digital divide. As part of Superintendent Paez’s initiative, Comcast will be donating laptops to the Holyoke school system which will be used to incentivize students toward improved attendance.
    Comcast also provided information about Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption initiative that’s helping low-income families to bridge the digital divide. The company recently announced an amnesty program allowing families with an outstanding Comcast balance older than one-year to participate in the program. 
     
 WHEN:
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014
    9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
     
WHERE:
    Kelly Full Service Community School
    216 West St.
    Holyoke MA 01040
     
WHO:
    Alex Morse, Holyoke Mayor
    Dr. Sergio Páez, Holyoke Superintendent of Schools
    Students from Kelly Full Service Community School
    Sharon Codeanne, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Comcast
     
BACKGROUND
Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families. Now in its fourth year, Internet Essentials provides eligible households with at least one child eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunch under the National School Lunch Program with access to low-cost broadband service for $9.95 a month – no price increases, no activation fees and no equipment rental fees. Families also can purchase an Internet-ready computer for less than $150 and access digital literacy training sessions and materials online, in print, and in person. For general information about Internet Essentials, visit InternetEssentials.com for English and visit InternetBasico.com for Spanish.

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