OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS ARE AT THE HIGHEST RISK OF FALLING BEHIND IN THEIR STUDIES AS EDUCATION ADAPTS TO COVID-19 CONCERNS.
But your support can help us ensure all students have what they need to be engaged in their learning.
CEO Kim Jowell explains how you can make a difference:
During this unprecedented time in education, we are unwavering in our commitment to serving students and teachers in Hillsborough County.
Two out of three students in Hillsborough County rely on free or reduced-price lunch at school—that’s an estimated 145,000 students who are at or below the poverty line. As a result of the economic slowdown, the number of students who need assistance will only increase.
With your help, we are working to ensure our students have the technology, online access and supplies they need to successfully finish the school year.
We are all in this together. Thank you for your partnership and continued support of our mission.
We wish you and your family good health and safety.
One of our biggest concerns is digital equity for our at-risk students. Our most vulnerable students are in jeopardy of falling behind in their studies because of a lack of technology and Wi-Fi preventing them from accessing their learning platforms.
In a collaborative and coordinated effort, we are working with Hillsborough County Public Schools to assess the impact of the digital divide. We are determining how many students are without a computer or are unable to access free Wi-Fi services because they are outside of service areas or don’t meet other requirements.
The school district is doing what it can to help narrow the gap by providing 50,000 computers for students to use at home. Unfortunately, it is still not enough to meet the needs.
That’s why we need the community’s support to help us ensure students have adequate technology and internet access for continued success in school.
Hillsborough Schools families, for more information about how to connect our Wi-Fi hotspots to the district’s computers, please check out these videos:
Hillsborough Education Foundation is concerned about our most vulnerable students, some who are already struggling with reading and now have less access to books than before this pandemic. That’s why Hillsborough Education Foundation is partnering with the Tampa Bay Chamber, Hillsborough Schools and Scholastic to launch a special edition of Storytime Online. It’s an early childhood literacy initiative that allows business and community leaders to sign up to read a book to students virtually and expands on the Storytime Online initiative developed by Hillsborough County School Board Member Dr. Stacy Hahn in 2019.
Storytime Online will provide a sense of normalcy for students who are lacking these reading experiences typically provided by their teachers, help them continue their academic progress and ultimately foster a love of reading.
Hillsborough County students and families will be able to access the recorded sessions through the school district’s online learning platform Clever, on Hillsborough Education Foundation’s YouTube channel, the school district’s YouTube channel and the social media sites of the Chamber, Foundation and school district until June 30th.
Though we are saddened that seniors will not be receiving the end to their school year that they imagined and deserve, we are pleased to announce that 189 seniors will be receiving cash scholarships from Hillsborough Education Foundation as they continue to pursue their academic goals.