Education Alliance, ITS Logistics, and Reno Cigar Lions Club Collect Laptops for Washoe Students

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell
775.333.3789
775.772.2907
vcampbell@washoeschools.net 

  

 

Education Alliance, ITS Logistics, and Reno Cigar Lions Club Collect Laptops for Washoe Students

 

Alliance logo Reno, NV (April 6, 2020) – Nearly 16,000 students in the Washoe County School District do not have access to a computer at home as the District rolls out its distance learning initiative due to COVID-19. Education Alliance of Washoe County, ITS Logistics, and Reno Cigar Lions Club are teaming up to collect and distribute new or gently used laptops for students in need in Washoe County.

 

“Our partners in education recognize the importance of providing access to computers for our students,” said Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of the Education Alliance of Washoe County. “We are in uncharted territory. I am so proud of our generous partners who are working to provide laptops for students who need technology at home during this unprecedented time.”

 

In March, as ordered by the governor, Washoe County School District Interim Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill announced that all learning in Washoe County could no longer take place in school district facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many students and families have computers to access District-provided online resources, 16,000 students do not have the needed technology at home. The school district has worked to ensure equitable resources for all students by providing paper packets for students.

 

“Finding devices for our students who may not otherwise have the ability to connect with their teachers and classmates during this extremely difficult time allows them equitable access, and that is so important to our district," said Dr. McNeill. "Allowing students the opportunity to connect virtually hopefully lessens the stress for them and their parents/guardians in an otherwise atypical time in their academic lives. I have heard many stories from our teachers and principals about how excited students were to connect with them virtually and I would want that for every student who wants this type of experience. I am so thankful to the Education Alliance and our partners, big and small, for stepping up in this supportive and caring way for our students and families.”

 

ITS Logistics spearheaded the collection of laptops, donating several for Washoe County students, and now the company is asking Northern Nevadans to do the same.

 

“As a corporate member of the community, we felt that we had to do something to support less fortunate kids gain access to technology, enabling them to participate in the virtual learning process," said Dan Allen, co-founder of ITS Logistics. “We knew businesses in the community had old laptops that could be repurposed for students. We also were able to source inexpensive laptops for $250 each. We would like to challenge all businesses and individuals with the wherewithal to donate to drop off donations at ITS Logistics’ 555 Vista Boulevard office, or purchase one of our laptops for a student in need through the Education Alliance website. You will be providing significant support to the children in our community during these difficult times.”

 

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals are encouraged to donate to help the large number of students who do not have a working computer at home. ITS Logistics is collecting new or gently used laptops at its offices located at 555 Vista Blvd, Sparks, Monday-Friday from 11am to 2pm.

 

The Reno Cigar Lions Club, which has been distributing donated computers to families and students for 14 years, will be in charge of the safe distribution process. Gloved and masked volunteers place the computer in parent vehicle trunks with an instruction sheet during 15-minute intervals to eliminate person-to-person contact and follow social distancing guidelines. The computers are free of charge.

 

“Reno Cigar Lions Club has been providing computers to Washoe County students in need since 2006," said David Dehls, Reno Cigar Lions Club Emeritus President. “We recognize the urgent need in light of current circumstances and are determined to help as many students in need as we can.”

 

WHO: Education Alliance, ITS Logistics, Reno Cigar Lions Club

WHAT: Collection of new or gently used laptops for Washoe County students

WHERE: ITS Logistics Office, 555 Vista Blvd, Sparks, Nevada 89434

WHEN: Monday-Friday (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) beginning April 6, 2020

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kendall Inskip, Executive Director of Education Alliance: 775.353.6951

Victoria Campbell, Public Information Officer, WCSD: 775.772.2907

 

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About the Education Alliance: The Education Alliance of Washoe County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster educational excellence and student achievement in Washoe County. Its programs and initiatives include Partners in Education, the Run for Education, Teachers’ Warehouse, and Principal for a Day, all dedicated to strengthening education through business and community partnerships. Follow the Education Alliance of Washoe County on Facebook @EducationAllianceWashoeCounty, and on Twitter @EdAllianceWasho.

 

For more information about the Education Alliance, please contact Kendall Inskip, Executive Director at 353-6950 or visit www.ed-alliance.org.

 

ITS Logistics is a premier Third-Party Logistics company that offers personalized supply chain solutions with dedicated fleet and asset-light transportation services that both rank in the Top 50 in North America, and innovative omnichannel distribution and fulfillment services with more than 1 million square feet. Our purpose is to improve the quality of life by delivering excellence in everything we do.

 

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