In this crucial time of distance learning, many of the students at The Children’s Guild and Monarch Academy schools do not have computers in their homes or access to the internet. To help its students, The Children’s Guild and Monarch Academy schools launched an initiative to raise funds to support the immediate purchase of 1,500 Chromebook laptops.
At The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, for example, most of the students live below the poverty line, and 22 percent are homeless. In Monarch Academy schools in Anne Arundel County, many students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and many parents have been laid off.
“If these student do not connect to online learning options during this time of distance learning, they will regress and lose the progress they have made since the beginning of the school year,” said Andrew L. Ross, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild Alliance, operator of The Children’s Guild and Monarch Academy schools. “Gifts of any size are appreciated but know $50 buys a WiFi hotspot for a family without internet connectivity, and $250 puts a Chromebook in the hands of a student.”
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