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Beaumont ISD Bridges Digital Divide

T-Mobile’s EmpowerEd program awarded over one million dollars to Beaumont ISD with the initiative to provide access to online learning to students on April 11, 2019 in the BISD Boardroom. With the funding, the District plans to bring digital connectivity to homes and provide devices to enhance the education students receive at school.

T-Mobile’s aim is to narrow America’s homework gap by supplying digital tools to students who may not have high-speed internet at home. “So much of today’s learning happens online, and the access to technology is integral to the success of our students,” said Acting Superintendent Dr. Shannon Allen. “We are so thankful for the generosity of T-Mobile for investing in our students’ future.”

Students and their families will not be required to pay for resources received through this program. ”This new community partnership will equip our students with what is necessary to continue what they have learned at school to their home life,” said Director of Information Services and Technology Toni McPherson. “Bridging that gap is an efficient way we can bring the District and the community together.”

Beaumont ISD hopes that putting connectivity in homes not only propels  students toward success, but impacts the community as a whole.

“This is just the start of what we hope to be a long-standing partnership with T-Mobile,” said McPherson. “With their help we will continue enriching the city of Beaumont through the students.”

The implementation will begin at the high school level, then move to middle schools and ultimately elementary. Students can plan to see the roll out occuring at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. More information for parents and the community will be provided over the coming summer.