Dozens of Vance High students recently traded Saturday freedom for an extra class at school. Their incentive: free reconditioned laptop computers and the training to make good use of their new learning tools.
University City Partners and E2D Inc. hosted the Vance Family Connect digital literacy academy.
E2D (Eliminate the Digital Divide) works with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and area businesses and groups to bring digital education and solutions to all students and families in Charlotte.
Since 2013, E2D and its partners have provided laptop computers, digital access and computer training to over 7,000 families.
Participating companies and organizations include the Charlotte Hornets Foundation, Google Fiber, Wells Fargo, Penny Appeal USA, Spectrum and The Foundation for the Carolinas.
A day to remember
At Vance High, students attending the digital literacy program on Nov. 3 received a newly refurbished laptop computer and a mobile hotspot.
The students and their parents or guardians also took part in digital literacy training that included Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools online resources and online financial empowerment.
Volunteers from University City Connect businesses, Vance High School faculty and Woodforest National Bank helped teach the students and adults.
Other volunteers from Camino Community Center, Keith Family YMCA and the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg gave brief talks on “Navigating University City Community Resources.
How you can help, too
E2D relies on donations of decommissioned corporate laptops and other resources, as well as volunteers to work with students. To learn more, visit e-2-d.org or contact E2D founder and president Pat Millen at firstname.lastname@example.org.