Dear Yates Church Family,
I’m writing to you about an important project called Accelerating Digital Equity, led by the Durham Public Schools Foundation. This is an urgent community-wide campaign to ensure every single Durham Public School student experiences high- quality digital and remote instruction. As a student that attends one of the many Durham Public Schools and has friends that go to school here as well, I volunteered to support this campaign because it affects me, my friends, their families, and their futures. Learning loss is a real thing and can have a big impact on our futures (our post high-school careers and lives) if we don’t address student needs and provide everyone with the necessary resources to provide a high-quality education.
You probably know that DPS has purchased Google Chromebooks for all K-12 students, along with 6,000 hotspots with connectivity. This campaign addresses the holistic view of what’s needed for true digital equity: learning centers, technology and digital literacy support, ongoing equipment needs (such as additional devices and connectivity), and teacher training. Government money must be spent in accordance with strict requirements, so this public/private partnership is helping to provide the flexible funds that can be deployed quickly to make a difference.
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed and exacerbated long existing inequities, and the DPS Foundation is committed to ensuring all students have the resources and support they need to not only survive but to thrive through this crisis and long after.
I am grateful for the church’s generous commitment of $1,000 from Mission Endowment Fund to support this work. I’m also excited to share the invitation with any of you who would like to offer your personal support as well. Visit the DPS Foundation website (www.bullcityschools.org) and click on the “Learn More” or “Donate” buttons to participate. Support of all levels from throughout our community will make a meaningful impact on students and teachers. Please contact me if you would like to know more about this need I’m so passionate to help meet.