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Joyce: Local schools to receive nearly $2 million to bridge digital divide

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 04:23 PM

student2 ipad 092220PARK FOREST – State Senator Patrick Joyce is excited to announce that schools in the 40th Illinois State Senate District are set to receive nearly $2 million in funding to improve local students’ access to technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“E-learning is a new reality for many students during the pandemic,” Joyce said. “This funding will assist schools in giving students the resources they need to take an active role in their studies.”

The funds will be distributed to 14 schools in the 40th State Senate District:

 

  • Bloom Township School District 206 $195,442
  • Bourbonnais School District 53 $164,063
  • Bradley- Bourbonnais Community High School District 307­ $143,067
  • Bradley School District 61 $103,252
  • Chicago Heights School District 170 $192,866
  • Gardner School District 72C $38,845
  • Gardner-South Wilmington Township High School District 73 $40,390
  • Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 $190,530
  • Iroquois/Kankakee ROE School District $37,324
  • Kankakee School District 111 $293,195
  • Manhattan School District 114 $118,740
  • Park Forest - Chicago Heights School District 163 $123,021
  • Safe Schools - Iroquois/Kankakee ROE School District $30,594
  • Anne Community High School District 256 $46,676

The Digital Equity Formula Grants, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, are intended to help schools expand connectivity and provide students with devices like computers or tablets. Funding was distributed using a need-based formula.

“We must continue to work together to ensure every child, regardless of their zip code, receives the support they need to be successful,” Joyce said.

For more information about COVID-19 and education, visit isbe.net/covid19.

Koehler: Local schools to get nearly $2 million for digital upgrades

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 04:21 PM

E-learningPEORIA – School districts in the 46th Illinois Senate District are set to receive nearly $2 million in government funding to improve students’ access to digital technology, including more than $700,000 for Peoria School District 150.

“E-learning is playing such an important role as we overcome the COVID-19 pandemic,” said State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria). “I know our local school districts will use these funds to help ensure every student has access to the technology they need to continue their education during this difficult time.”

Bush: New grant to Lake County schools will help close the digital divide and give every student a chance to succeed

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 04:04 PM

student ipad 092220GRAYSLAKE – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accentuate inequalities in access to technology throughout Lake County and the entire state, Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) is highlighting that 15 Lake County-based schools have been selected to receive part of $80 million to close the digital divide.

“No student should have to miss out on learning because they don’t have the proper technological resources to participate in e-learning,” Bush said. “I am pleased to learn 15 Lake County schools have received funds to close the digital divide and give every student a chance to succeed – regardless of financial situation.”

Nearly 500 schools across the state received a total of more than $80 million to help ensure all students have reliable access to the technology they need for remote learning. The money comes from the Digital Equity Formula Grant, which was funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The grant allocated funding to the highest-need communities in the state to provide important e-learning resources to low-income families.

Schools can use the grant to purchase additional devices and connectivity or to cover purchases made since the onset of the pandemic on March 13.

For more information about COVID-19 and education, visit isbe.net/covid19.

Crowe donates 5,000 disposable masks to local nursing homes

Published: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 03:06 PM

Crowe 9 22 2020GODFREY – To support organizations working on the front lines against the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) donated 5,000 disposable masks to nursing homes and assisted living facilities throughout the Metro East.

“The safety of older residents and their caretakers is one of the utmost concerns nationally amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” Crowe said. “As I considered how best to distribute masks, it was important for me to give priority to individuals at the highest risk for infection.”

All nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the 56th District were sent a letter from Sen. Crowe’s office encouraging requests, and the first eight facilities to respond received 625 masks each. The list of facilities includes:

  • Burt’s Shelter Care Home in Alton,
  • Evergreen Place in Alton,
  • Caseyville Nursing in Caseyville,
  • Stillwater Senior Living in Edwardsville,
  • Asbury Village in Godfrey,
  • Morningside of Godfrey,
  • Integrity Health Care in Godfrey and
  • Fountain View Memory Care in Granite City.

The mask distribution was made possible by Friends of Taiwan and TECO of Chicago.

“Thank you to Friends of Taiwan for the gracious donation and TECO of Chicago for facilitating, as the masks will benefit some of our most vulnerable in Madison County,” Crowe said.

Pictured from left to right: Administrator of Asbury Village Anita Martinez, Sen. Crowe’s grandmother and Asbury resident Eilene Taylor, and State Senator Rachelle Crowe.

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