'Close the Digital Divide' technology drive

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The coronavirus creates a huge educational disadvantage for families without a computer or internet access, if schools resort to remote learning. The Idaho State Board of Education says 176,000 students do not have a computer at home, and at least 30,000 don't have WiFi.

Idaho Business for Education wants to close the digital divide by collecting laptop and cash donations. They ask everyone to go through their closets and find their unused laptops (no older than 10 years) then drop them off a locations across Idaho.

Idaho Central Credit Union is teaming up with IBE and will have three drop off locations in the Pocatello/Chubbuck area next Wednesday (August 5) from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Vice President of Community Relation at ICCU Laura Smith add, "I think it's important to note that District 25 (Pocatello/Chubbuck School District) is actually in very good shape as far as computers go. So, people in our community might think that there's not as much of a need but we cover all of region five. That includes regions like: Marsh Valley, Bear Lake, Aberdeen, Soda Springs, Preston, all of that area. There is a need for computers and for money to either help buy computers or provide that internet access in our area."

The three locations to drop off donations are:

Citizen's Community Bank

280 South Arthur

Pocatello, ID 83204

Citizen's Community Bank

850 W Quinn

Chubbuck, ID 83202

Hirning Buick GMC

509 Yellowstone Ave.

Pocatello, ID 83201

For more information about how to donate, visit: http://www.idahobe.org/close

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