Help Our Kids Bridge the Digital Divide

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With students in our area attending school virtually this fall, this will be a significant adjustment for most families in affluent Fairfax County. For our clients, it may be a major barrier.

This pandemic has added another unexpected burden for many of them. How do they secure internet access so their kids can go to school? The Fairfax County school system is doing what it can to offer families without internet mifi/hotspots. But they anticipate a shortage in these resources. Furthermore, in low-income housing units -- often characterized by inexpensive, industrial cinder-block construction -- these devices have been consistently unreliable or completely inoperable.

Read More about the "digital divide": Insights from the State Council of Higher Eduction in Virginia; Washington Post.

We are hopeful that the deep, systemic inequalities being revealed this year will hasten the changes we all know need to occur. But our families can't wait years. School starts in September, and our families need internet access right now.

In response, Britepaths is seeking our community's support to offer qualifying families Digital Access grants of up to $500 per household, paid directly to their local service provider. The grants will cover six months of internet service so students can be connected for distance learning.

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