Reno South Rotary Club Helps Provide Students With Home Computer Access: Rotarians donate $4,000 to Education Alliance of Washoe County for student laptops

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell
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Reno South Rotary Club Helps Provide Students With Home Computer Access

 

Rotarians donate $4,000 to Education Alliance of Washoe County for student laptops

 

Ed Alliance logo Reno, NV (May 28, 2020) – Education Alliance is pleased to announce it has received a $4,000 donation from the Reno South Rotary Club. These funds will be used to supply Washoe County School District (WCSD) students in need with computers for Distance Learning.

 

In March, as ordered by the governor, then-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, a significant number of 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. Education Alliance quickly joined forces with ITS Logistics and Reno Cigar Lions Club to collect new and used computers, and donations to purchase laptops in response to the need.

 

“We knew we had to help immediately,” said Bob Stewart, Club Treasurer. “It is so important to bridge the technology gap and keep students learning and engaged. We are also very grateful to Rotary District 5190 for the matching grant which they expedited to allow us to provide the funding for this donation.”

 

“Education Alliance is beyond grateful for the support we’ve received from Reno South Rotary Club, ITS Logistics, Reno Cigar Lions Club, and others throughout our incredibly supportive community,” said Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director. “This donation will allow us to purchase 16 laptops for our highest need students so they can connect with their teachers and classmates, providing some unity in this otherwise isolating time.”

 

Washoe County School District is identifying students eligible to receive donated computers. Availability of computers will depend upon the public response to our call for donations. Please direct any prospective donors to Education Alliance Executive Director Kendall Inskip at kinskip@washoeschools.net.

 

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 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Financial donations can be submitted at www.ed-alliance.org/donate.

 

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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.

 

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