Sparklight® Works to Close Digital Divide for Mississippi Students Through Chromebook Donation

As K-12 schools end another challenging year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sparklight is working to close the digital divide for students at Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point, Mississippi with the donation of Chromebooks through the company’s Chromebooks for Kids initiative.

Sparklight Senior Vice President of Technology Services Ken Johnson said that both educators and students need access to the tools and technology that will set them up for future success.

“Now more than ever, student access to computers is a necessity,” Johnson said. “By donating Chromebooks, we’re giving students in need the opportunity to use technology that will ultimately prepare them for a progressively digital workforce.”

Magnolia Middle School Principal Dr. LaQuanta Nelson said that Sparklight’s Chromebook donation will help ensure that every student has a device to use at home, school, and everywhere in between. The Chromebooks will also help the school’s teachers deliver quality Tier I instruction that is tailored to the unique needs of their students.

We live in a global society that is driven by technology and as our young scholars are starting to truly navigate the world beyond our four walls, it helps to equip them early with tools, strategies, and appropriate etiquette to be successful now and in their future,” Nelson said. “Scholars need access to learning experiences that are challenging, exploratory, integrative, and diverse. This donation allows us to teach digital literacy and about technological footprints, which can only be done with the correct access to technology.”  

Over the past eight years, Sparklight has donated more than 2,000 Chromebooks to Title I schools in the markets it serves.

For more information about Sparklight’s Chromebook for Kids initiative and its other corporate social responsibility efforts, please visit www.sparklight.com/about/social-responsibility.