Transcript for Verizon helps students access digital tools for school year
Students across the country are relying on technology during the pandemic but according to studies more than 9 million kids struggle with internet access. This segment is sponsored by Verizon, trying to bridge that digital divide by giving equipment and internet access to students who need it most. For millions of kids going back to school during the pandemic means staying home. 21 of the nation's 25 largest school districts will be relying on remote learning affecting over 4.5 million kids. That's a problem for students with poor internet connects at home. A problem that our sponsor Verizon through their innovative program is trying to address. Their company providing tablets and laptops along with internet access and interactive curriculums to some of the nation's most underserved communities. There was only so many computers and had you 500 or 600 kids and 08 computers. Everyone had to wait a turn. Reporter: Jose Gonzalez teaches at Davis middle school in Compton, California, where all students qualify for free lunch. Our children have lots of challenges and yet in spite of that they continue. They want to come to school and learn. Reporter: The devices and 4G LTE provide a lifeline. I could work my zoom meetings properly and we did like a bunch of projects during the pandemic so it was really helpful. It helped me because I got more work done. Reporter: Now Verizon is expanding the program to high schools adding 56,000 new students into their program this year alone. Among all these new things, the technology will help me in the future because now I know how to code. I know filmmaking. I know editing and a whole bunch of things. Reporter: For Jose this is personal. You know, I came from neighborhoods similar to our students and I remember how difficult it was, you know, the culture around and trying to succeed and trying to be it was difficult. To break out of the neighborhood. The skills that they're learning now will help them compete out there in the world. Indeed. Not just students being helped. Verizon is creating online resources for teachers as well to make learning more accessible and enriching.
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