TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Vigo County School Corporation was awarded over $1.39 million in a state grant to help with internet connectivity around the county.
The grant is called GEER or Governor’s Emergency Education Relief. Funds will support the purchase of WiFi hotspots that will be placed where 45% of county households have an income of less that $30,000 a year, or where there are low speed internet capabilities.
“This improved internet connectivity comes at a critical time for Vigo County and will pair well with our recently purchased Chromebooks for Vigo County students,” superintendent Rob Haworth said.
“Having a device in the hands of all of our students is a critical step to improving not just our remote learning capabilities, but will support learning while school is in session. It’s crucial that these devices are paired with internet access, and we’re thankful for this grant from the state.”
Chromebooks were purchased to be used by staff and students in grades 3-12 during the school year to prepare for technology needs during the pandemic. There are plans for K-2 grade students in an upcoming technology rollout.
The VCSC notes that Joink, RJL Solutions, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Ivy Tech, the city of Terre Haute, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Vigo County Commissioners, The Bridge Church, Christway Church, First Prairie Creek Baptist Church, Free Life Community Church, Maryland Community Church, New Life Church in Seelyville, and New Life Community Church all assisted VCSC with the grant.
VCSC will work to adjust its internet connectivity plan now that the $1,391,540 grant has been awarded.