International Paper donated $5,000 to provide Chromebooks for SCCPSS students. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced classrooms to shift to a digital learning model, where students are asked to access learning websites, videoconference with teachers, complete assignments in Google classrooms and watch video lessons. SCCPSS is committed to the continuation of teaching and learning through the end of the current academic school calendar, with the last day of school set for May 15, 2020. Student access to technology is a critical component in our work to provide educational continuity and tailored supports for students through the end of the school year.
“We are grateful to our community partners for their generous donations," said Superintendent Ann Levett. “Making technology available to our scholars is more important than ever."
International Paper's Savannah Mill Manager Jay Wilson said, “The Savannah Mill is proud to be a part of the success of our students at a time when they need community support the most."
In a strategic move to ensure technology barriers were addressed, the district pulled devices from schools at the end of March for distribution to students. However, many students still do not have devices or access to technology at home. Several local businesses have joined International Paper to make contributions to increase student access to technology. As additional funds are received, the district will make purchases for distribution to those in need. SCCPSS has set up a donation page where businesses and individuals can contribute to the fund. Donations are fully tax deductible and can be made by texting TECHNOLOGY to 80888 or through the link on our website at sccpss.com.