Cable ONE Chromebook Donation Bridges Digital Divide in Title 1 Schools

Pecos Elementary School in Roswell, NM; Belle Chasse Elementary in Belle Chasse, LA; Charlie Marshall Elementary School in Aransas Pass, TX; Clarkdale Jerome School in Clarkdale, AZ; and Masterson Elementary in Kennett, MO are equipped with new Chromebooks this school year as the result of a Cable ONE initiative designed to improve student access to technology in Title I schools.

Cable ONE Senior Vice President of Technology Services Ken Johnson said that access to technology in schools is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, and that donating Chromebooks to Title 1 schools will help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.

“While many school systems are taking big steps and working to give every student and every teacher access to the technology and tools they need to learn, not all schools have access to funding to support this effort,” Johnson said. “Because we believe so strongly in improving education through the use of technology, we want to do our part to support the communities we serve.”

Pecos Elementary School Principal Barbara Ryan said that students will be using the Chromebooks to write essays, create presentations, use online math programs, practice reading and vocabulary, and more.

“Fourth and fifth grade students are preparing for middle school. This is the time to give these students the opportunity to be familiar with the fundamentals of technology in a safe and comfortable environment,” Ryan said.  “Additionally, most higher- level thinking processes involve creating, constructing, composing and designing which is perfect to do with the programs available on these Chromebooks.”

Over the past five years, Cable ONE has donated 900 Chromebooks to 18 schools in the markets they serve.

Cable ONE’s Director of Corporate Communications Trish Niemann said that Cable ONE is committed to strengthening and improving the communities they serve, not only through its products and services, but through support of the local community.

“Our Cable ONE associates are passionate about giving back to the communities where they live and work,” Niemann said. “We know that improving access to technology in our schools will improve education and benefit our communities for the long term.”