Look Up Lift Up Laptop for Schools Fundraiser

Look Up Lift Up Laptop for Schools Fundraiser

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We are raising money for our Look Up Lift Up Laptop for Schools program. Donations will go to the purchase of laptops, hotspots, and monthly maintenance costs for the school year. Support my campaign to follow my prog...

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The COVID pandemic has affected adults as well as students. Parents are struggling with adapting to their children attending school from home due to the COVID pandemic. This has caused a critical need for internet access and the computer equipment for students to participate in school and remain on track for their current grade level.

Many parents cannot obtain laptops and internet access which causes a tremendously difficult learning environment for students that are trying to advance in a stressful learning setting. With the shift to distance learning, many parents cannot afford the cost of buying internet access and laptops. Many parents have multiple children, which compounds the cost of providing the necessary tehcnology for distance learning.

It is heartbreaking for parents that are unable to provide technology for their children to participate in distance learning. Imagine how these parents must feel knowing their children are falling behind in their studies.

I knew there was a challenge in the transition from in-classroom to distance learning but after several weeks of research, I was shocked to learn the statistics. I reached out to several local Washington DC and conducted a survey of student technology needs. The numbers are staggering.

We are raising funds to help local economically challenged students by providing them with laptops and hotspots to use for the 2021-2022 school year. These funds will cover the costs of purchasing laptops, hotspots, maintenance costs and delivery of the laptops and hotspots to local students. Look Up Lift Up is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Washington DC. You can learn more about us at here.

Here are some of the statistics I found:

·       17% of teen students in the United States are unable to complete homework due to a lack of access to a reliable computer or internet.

·       12% of students in the United States use public Wi-Fi to complete homework due to lack of home internet access.

·       Of households with income under 30,000 in Washington DC, 1 in 4 lack access to a computer

·       30% of DC Public Schools 48,439 students lack internet access or computers at home

·       DC Public School students without internet access receive paper academic packets

·       Some DC Public Schools students share a laptop or tablet with siblings

·       Some DC Public School budgets have been cut by 20% or more

·       12.9% of DC Public School students rely on internet access at libraries to participate in distance learning

·       20.9% of DC Public School students rely on cell phone internet access to participate in distance learning

 

Some benefits of using laptops and hotspots include:

·       Reduces the digital divide - provides mobility, accessibility, speed and connectivity

·       Increases access to academic databases and educational resources

·       Allows students to complete homework assignments and collaborate with peers and teachers

·       Promotes collaboration, innovation and different learning styles

·       Helps create an accessible environment for students with special needs

·       Promotes learning as a lifelong endeavor

Help us achieve our goal to raise $100,000 to provide technology for economically challenged students to close the digital divide gap. Donate today at www.lookupliftup.org. These donations are not tax-deductible.

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