There were smiles all around at Butler Elementary School on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 as Comcast partnered with Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools to host a digital literacy assembly.
During the assembly, one hundred students from Butler Elementary, Mercer Middle and Myers Middle were surprised with the gift of laptop computers from Comcast!
Comcast Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen joined national spokespeople and U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando to speak at the school assembly about the importance of using the internet for school work. The Olympic champions told the students about their childhood using dial-up internet in a North Dakota home with a family of eight. They said the experience of trying to get their schoolwork done with limited access helped them understand the struggles that students without access may have and made them want to do all they could to advocate for better access for students.
According to the U.S. Census American Community Survey, 81 percent of all U.S. households subscribe to broadband at home, but only 63 percent of households with an annual income of less than $35,000 do. To attack that problem, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program partners with SCCPSS and others around the nation to provide an integrated, wrap-around design meant to address each of the three major barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified. These include: a lack of digital literacy skills, the lack of a computer, and the absence of a low-cost Internet service.
To see a gallery of photos from the event, please click here