The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is granting $1,051,000 to Flint Community Schools with the intent of increasing access to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
FCS has been conducting remote learning for its students since August. This grant is a supplement to a $163,000 grant given to FCS in April, towards the beginning of the pandemic.
Ridgway White is the president and CEO of the C.S. Mott Foundation. He says the money will be used to purchase over 600 iPads and 1200 Chromebooks.
"And most importantly, 1400 mobile wifi hotspots, so that adds to the existing network the school already has, and ensures that kids can access the internet at home, or at grandparents, or caregivers, or an after-school opportunity," White said.
Kevelin Jones, assistant superintendent of FCS, said, "Many of our families do not have internet services, and so we wanted to make sure that all of scholars were able to get connected. And that’s what that has done for us."