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AFE Receives 500 Free Hotspots with Internet Service From AT&T to Help Address the Capital Region’s
AT&T has announced that it has given two local Capital Region organizations, the Albany Fund for Education and The Salvation Army of Saratoga Springs, 1,000 free wireless hotspots as well as free internet connectivity for one year. Each organization has received 500 hotspots with free connectivity. They are part of more than 100 organizations and school districts that will benefit from a $10 million commitment from AT&T, first announced last year, to provide free internet subscriptions and wireless hotspots to 35,000 vulnerable students across the country. Connected Nation administered the program—reviewing applications and choosing awardees across 26 states.
The Albany Fund for Education and The Salvation Army of Saratoga Springs will distribute the hotspots to under-resourced students across the Capital Region. The hotspots come at a critical time for many students -- the final months of the school year -- with many students in remote or hybrid learning, and ahead of summer break, where home connectivity can be used to catch up from learning loss caused by the pandemic. Students will have the opportunity to use the free connectivity to prepare for the 2021-2022 school year and will have the connectivity available when school begins in the fall to assist with homework and other learning opportunities to position them for educational success.
AFE Receives $75,000 Donation from Hannaford Supermarkets to Provide Computers for Students!
The Albany Fund for Education is honored to receive this generous grant from Hannaford, which will allow us to purchase 300-400 computers to give to students in households where the number of virtual learners exceeds the number of devices in the home. Thanks to Hannaford, Albany's children will be able to fully participate in their education. These computers will remain with the students after the need for virtual learning passes, providing ongoing access to educational resources.
Donate a Computer to Help
Students in Need!
Although the Albany School District ordered enough Chromebooks for each student, they are on backorder and have not arrived. Budget cuts have forced Albany to place all learning online for grades 7-12, yet many households have only one device for multiple kids. We must act as soon as possible to make sure children can keep learning. To get students online and learning, the Albany Fund for Education and the Palace Theatre are working together to collect and distribute donated computers.
If you or your business have gently used computers you can donate, we will distribute them to students who need them. To ensure that students receive devices in good condition for learning, please complete this screening form. If your machine is a good fit for an Albany student, we will contact you about drop-off procedures. We will wipe all hard drives to ensure that devices are clean before distributing them. You can also make a cash donation to allow us to purchase refurbished laptops at discounted non-profit prices.
Do you have a student in Albany Public Schools who needs a computer for virtual learning? We are currently taking referrals for donated computers, and will contact you when we have one available. To get on the list, please fill out this form.
AFE Helps Educators Adapt to Teaching
in the time of COVID and Budget Cuts
Because the Albany Fund for Education is not currently able to implement our traditional classroom grants - and because we know that our educators are going above and beyond for your students right now, even as your own lives are stressful and uncertain, the Albany Fund for Education Board has decided to continue the educator reimbursement grant program begun in the Spring of 2020.
City School District of Albany teachers and staff can request between $25-$100 in reimbursement for supplies/resources purchased to assist with online learning (e.g. Teachers Pay Teachers materials, technology to support virtual teaching) or to directly support students (books, school supplies, etc.). We have up to $2,500 in grant funds remaining. The application is available here.
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