The Bellevue Chamber Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to provide access to high-speed internet for almost 800 K-12 students in the Bellevue area who lack such connections, according to a news release from the Bellevue Chamber.
The Student Connectivity Fund is a partnership with the Bellevue School District and leverages Comcast’s low-cost Internet Essentials Partnership Program (IEPP). Comcast has partnered with more than 70 school districts nationwide to provide high-speed internet, low-cost computer equipment for purchase, and free technology training, the chamber said.
“What was once considered a luxury item is now an irreplaceable part of the virtual education experience,” Bellevue Chamber President and CEO Joe Fain said in the news release.
Bellevue School District’s superintendent, Ivan Duran, thanked the chamber and Comcast for helping students and families during a challenging time.
“This program ensures that we are serving each and every one of our students so that they may become creators of their future world,” Duran said in the release.
Through the Bellevue Chamber website, businesses and individuals can donate to the foundation’s Student Connectivity Fund for the 2020-21 school year. For $10, donors can provide internet service to one student for a month; for $100, a student will be connected for the entire school year.