San Antonio Area Foundation Commits $50,000 in Support of SAISD Foundation’s #ConnectCampaign

San Antonio Area Foundation Commits $50,000 in Support of SAISD Foundation’s #ConnectCampaign

Contact: Angelica Garza

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Contact: Cristina Noriega

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San Antonio Area Foundation Commits $50,000 in Support of SAISD Foundation’s #ConnectCampaign

Bridging the Digital Divide in San Antonio ISD

 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The SAISD Foundation is honored to announce a gift of $50,000 in support of the #ConnectCampaign from a grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund, a community fund jointly managed by the San Antonio Area Foundation and the United Way of San Antonio. The fund is comprised of nearly 30 caring businesses, donor advised funds, philanthropic foundations, and government entities including:

San Antonio Area Foundation Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio
John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Holt Family Foundation
Harvey E. Najim Texas Mutual Insurance Company
The Najim Charitable Foundation Wells Fargo
H. E. Butt Foundation JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation Houston and Caroline Harte Fund
United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County 80|20 Foundation
Kronkosky Charitable Foundation Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation
Mays Family Foundation Bank of San Antonio
Tobin Endowment Bexar County
Greehey Family Foundation Nationwide Foundation
NuStar Energy Gloria Galt Donor Advised Fund
City of San Antonio Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing

North America

The SAISD Foundation launched the #ConnectCampaign to raise the funds to support the critical need of closing the digital divide in San Antonio by working alongside San Antonio ISD (SAISD) to bring access to technology devices and internet access for SAISD students to stay connected and engaged with their teachers and classmates through remote learning now extended through the end of the school year.

 

To date, SAISD has issued nearly 40,000 devices (Chromebooks and iPads). SAISD had a three-year goal for 1:1 technology, and in response to COVID-19 school closures, this goal was addressed in three weeks. The SAISD Foundation’s #ConnectCamaign is focused on raising the funds needed to support monthly Wi-Fi access for 4,000 hot spots so all students can connect with their teachers, classmates and distance learning resources on those devices. More than 3,500 hot spots have been distributed by SAISD to date.

 

“We are humbled by the generosity of our donor community, they have seen the need and have donated to make sure our SAISD students are engaged during a time where are there are so many uncertainties,” Judy Geelhoed, Executive Director, SAISD Foundation explained. “Our hope with this campaign is to not only raise the funds needed for connectivity, but to allow SAISD students to have some sense of normalcy by connecting with familiar faces, classmates and teachers,” Geelhoed added.

 

To learn more about the SAISD Foundation’s efforts please visit: www.saisdfoundation.com/donate.

 

The SAISD Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization with a mission to mobilize the community to invest in student and teacher success. Our vision: Every student and teacher thrives in SAISD public schools.

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