K-12 education as we know it is changing rapidly because of COVID-19, and creating new challenges for students. Burke County students are in need of technology, school supplies, and general support services.
For low to moderate income families, new technology and school supplies can be cost-prohibitive. Data from the NC Child report states that 56.3% of Burke County children live in poor or low-income homes.
Burke County United Way and Burke County Public schools are responding the ongoing needs of students. Together as a community, we can provide our students with the tools they need for a safe and successful school year.
The Keep Learning Moving Forward campaign formerly collected funds for internet hotspots for Burke County students, and has since broadened its scope to other education-related needs. Read the full press release here.
"Words cannot express how appreciative we are of the community rallying around our students during this time of remote learning. While we are welcoming students back in the classroom for limited, in-person instruction we are still in the midst of an unpredictable pandemic. Students will continue to benefit from these hotspots while working remotely at least three days a week for the foreseeable future. I know our students and parents who are benefiting from this form of internet connectivity appreciate the convenience the hotspots offer as they continue to navigate hybrid learning. I personally want to say thank you to Burke County United Way, the Burke County Board of Commissioners, the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation and everyone else who has contributed to this cause. We truly are in this together." - Dr. Larry Putnam, Burke County Public Schools Superintendent
How this Program is Helping our Students
Iker R., a rising third grader at Icard Elementary was given an internet hotspot to help provide a strong internet connection in his home, giving him the opportunity to be a part of Burke County Public School's Jumpstart, a virtual summer reading program. He was able to complete all of his assignments and use skills he learned with his teacher to help improve his reading abilities.
Thank you to our Champion of Education Sponsor
Thank you to our generous supporters, William and Georgia Collett.