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Comcast donates 250 Chromebooks to Orange-East Supervisory Union

May 5 2020, 4:01 PM

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced that he secured from Comcast a donation of 250 Chromebooks for the Orange-East Supervisory Union. 

Vermont schoolchildren have shifted to remote learning and some pupils in the supervisory union, which consists of schools serving Bradford, Newbury, Corinth, Groton, Ryegate, Thetford, Topsham and Wells River, do not have reliable access to tablets or computers. The students who received the Chromebooks attend Blue Mountain Union School, Newbury Elementary School, River Bend Career and Technical Center, and Waits River Valley School.

“I want to thank Comcast for making this investment in our future,” Donovan said. “This is a challenging time for students, teachers, and parents. I know these Chromebooks will make all the difference to those who receive them.”

The Orange East superintendent said it is important for students to have access to digital tools. 

“The 250 Chromebooks will connect many students previously unable to access online remote learning,” Superintendent Emilie Knisley said. “We did not have the funds in our local budgets available to bridge this divide in connectivity. … This is a big step forward in breaking down the digital divide between students and technology.”

— Sarah Asch