CCEF Funds Student Access to Success

CCEF Funds Student Access to Success
Posted on 05/14/2020
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The Clear Creek Education Foundation (CCEF) recently funded internet WiFi hotspots for families facing extreme economic hardship as a result of COVID-19 outbreak and resulting restrictions.

“The COVID-19 crisis has left countless challenges and unknowns in its wake, but student access to learning resources should not be one of them,” said CCISD Chief Technology Officer Dr. Robert Bayard. “On any given day, CCISD is grateful for the Clear Creek Education Foundation’s generous support of innovative opportunities for our students and staff. On this day, however, we are thankful of the Foundation’s attention to the needs of students whose success lies in the balance of equal access to those learning opportunities.”

The current distance-learning environment has brought to the forefront challenges faced by students without internet access at home. Even before the COVID-19 crisis and expected future economic impacts, CCISD’s economically disadvantaged population was over 28%.

From the early days of the stay-at-home orders, the District began communicating the various ways in which families without internet at home could find and connect to available access points. To determine if an internet access barrier still exists, teachers regularly reach out to students and parents who are not responding to communications or submitting assignments. Teachers worked with counselors and the CCISD Technology department to identify students in need of support and safely distribute the devices.

The hotspots are pre-paid phones, without calling capability, that are repurposed to act as a device that provides students the ability to access a filtered internet and CCISD learning platforms. The Clear Creek Education Foundation underwrote $11,700 to purchase the steeply-discounted devices benefiting more than 150 families, several with two or more children in one household.

“One of the five funding priorities of CCEF is to enrich student learning,” said Clear Creek Education Foundation Chairman Katy Bastedo. “But in this time of distance learning environments, the Foundation understood that every child first needs to get through the doorway that leads to those critical learning resources.”

About the Clear Creek Education Foundation: Established in 1992, the Clear Creek Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in League City, Texas. Comprised of volunteers who have a passion for excellence, the Foundation raises funds to enrich academic achievement within the Clear Creek Independent School District. Monetary and in-kind contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible and may be designated for specific academic programs.

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