Fourth and fifth graders at Pecos Elementary School in Roswell will be equipped with new Chromebooks this fall as the result of a Cable ONE initiative designed to improve student access to technology in schools. Cable ONE will present the Chromebooks during a special event at the school on Friday, August 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Now in its fifth year, the Cable ONE Cares program provides Chromebooks to Title I schools in the markets it serves.
Cable ONE Senior Vice President of Technology Services Ken Johnson said that access to technology in schools is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, and that donating Chromebooks to Title I schools will help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.
“While many school systems are taking big steps and working to give every student and every teacher access to the technology and tools they need to learn, not all schools have access to funding to support this effort,” Johnson said. “Because we believe so strongly in improving education through the use of technology, we want to do our part to support the communities we serve.”
Pecos Elementary School Principal Barbara Ryan said that students will be using the Chromebooks to write essays, create presentations, use online math programs, practice reading and vocabulary, and more.
“Fourth and fifth grade students are preparing for middle school. This is the time to give these students the opportunity to be familiar with the fundamentals of technology in a safe and comfortable environment,” Ryan said. “Additionally, most higher- level thinking processes involve creating, constructing, composing and designing which is perfect to do with the programs available on these Chromebooks.”
Cable ONE’s Roswell General Manager David Gonzalez said that Cable ONE is committed to strengthening and improving the Roswell community, not only through its products and services, but through support of the local community.
“Our Cable ONE associates are passionate about giving back to the community where they live and work,” Gonzalez said. “We know that improving access to technology in our schools will improve education and benefit our community for the long term.”