1,000 families are given computers ahead of the 2020-2021 school year
CHICAGO — Aug. 18, 2020 — With just a few weeks until the start of the new school year, 1,000 students from Chicago’s 10th Ward have been given computers from Dynegy and Comp-U-Dopt. On Aug. 21, pre-selected families received laptops, free of charge, at contactless drive-thru events. Each family had at least one student enrolled in a 10th Ward school or a recent 2020 10th Ward high school graduate.
"I am truly humbled by Dynegy’s generosity and its recent investment into 10th Ward students,” said Susan Sadlowski-Garza, alderwoman for Chicago’s 10th Ward. “We can’t achieve true equity in education until our students are equipped with the tools they need to be successful. Students and parents deserve access to technology. Our partnership with Dynegy and Comp-U-Dopt is a step closer in bridging the digital divide."
The refurbished laptops, purchased by Dynegy, include the Windows 10 operating system, two years of technical support, and information on free and low-cost internet options, all furthering efforts to bridge the digital gap for Chicago students.
Brad Watson, Dynegy’s senior director of community affairs, said, “As a trusted electricity provider to the greater Chicago area, Dynegy has a long-standing history of supporting educational programs and strengthening the communities we serve. We know this school year will have its challenges but accessing your schoolwork shouldn’t be one of them. We want these children to be successful, and our hope is that these computers will give families a greater sense of confidence and peace of mind, knowing they can better navigate online learning.”
According to the Pew Research Institute, 46% of low-income families lack access to a computer at home. With supply chain delays and the global demand for devices at an all-time high, Comp-U-Dopt’s mission to provide technology access and education to underserved youth is needed now, more than ever.
“Through this partnership, we are not only supporting distance learning, but giving entire families the ability to access other support resources previously beyond reach,” said Megan Steckly, Comp-U-Dopt CEO. “Our mission, to provide technology access and education to underserved youth, has become more critical than ever during this time.”