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James M. Cox Foundation, EveryoneOn to bridge digital divide in Middle Georgia

The James M. Cox Foundation announced on September 16 a $288,500 grant to EveryoneOn. The grant will fund an innovative pilot program providing 1,500 tablet computers, preloaded with premium educational content, to families in Georgia who are enrolling in Cox Communications' Connect2Compete discounted internet service program.

The initiative funded by the James M. Cox Foundation combines low-cost internet service with affordable hardware.  The tablets will come with pre-loaded, best-in-class educational content from Read Right from the Start, Discovery Education and ABCMouse.com and will be available to eligible families at a deeply discounted price of $30. Eligibility for the pilot program will be expanded to include families with children enrolled in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. 

"More than half of the families who have enrolled in the Connect2Compete program have seen improved grades for children in the home," said Alex Taylor, Executive Vice President of Cox Enterprises and a trustee of the James M. Cox Foundation. "We are proud to extend our support of EveryoneOn through this grant, providing families with increased access to the tools necessary to compete in today's digital world."

"There are three key barriers to broadband adoption: affordability, access to hardware and understanding the relevancy to one's education and economic prospects," said Zach Leverenz, founder and CEO of EveryoneOn.  "Cox continues to be a strong leader of these three pillars through innovative internet adoption programs, and is helping us make great strides toward narrowing the digital divide."

To read more about this innovative program
and how it will affect education in Middle Georgia, click here.

Source: Cox Enterprises

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