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CABI Fund Donates More than 35 Computers in 2013
Christmas came early for six students who were the lucky recipients of laptop computers in mid-December. Three computers were given to fifth graders at Meigs Intermediate School, Jocelyn Cunningham, Jenna Gilmore, and Kylee Robinson. The other three laptops were given to students at Wellston High School, Kayla Van Wie, Caitlin Foster, and Josh Campbell.
Connect Ohio presented Meigs Intermediate School with 3 laptop computers December 16 and to Wellston High School December 20. The computers were donated on behalf of the Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative (CABI) Fund, a Connect Ohio initiative to provide computers and technology connectivity to low-income Appalachian Ohio areas in need.
“The students were given the computers to connect them with resources electronically,” said Lorri Lightle, Meigs Intermediate School assistant principal. “It is all a part of helping students to be twenty-first century learners. When students have access to computers with Internet connection they are able to perform at a more proficient level.”
“Computers in school are such a needed tool to help students develop the twenty-first century skills they need to be successful adults,” said Megan Sowers, Wellston High School principal. “With strapped budgets, it is hard to get all the technology that is needed. Wellston High School is so excited and grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”
The mission of CABI is to pull Appalachia Ohio to within state and national standards in broadband adoption by identifying and coordinating resources required for facilitating affordable broadband access and driving adoption through digital literacy. The CABI Fund was created in January of 2013, administered through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio to provide individuals, corporations, and foundations a platform to participate in the cause to help Appalachian Ohio get connected.
“CABI is thrilled to be able to make computer donations to Meigs Intermediate School and Wellston High School,” said Connect Ohio Executive Director Stu Johnson. “CABI has been working to connect Appalachian Ohio over the past two years and Intel’s recent contributions to the CABI Fund are allowing us to be able to make an impact beyond the broadband access issue. The equipment that is available can be a crucial component to broadband adoption and we hope to continue to be able to donate computers regionally in a way that will impact the greatest number of individuals.”
Financial contribution from Intel, Chesapeake Energy, as well as individual and private donations, allowed the CABI Fund to donate more than 35 computers throughout the Appalachian Ohio region in 2013.
Connect Ohio’s research reveals only 53% of Appalachian Ohio residents have broadband service in their home, significantly less than the state average of 71%. In 2012 more than 20,000 Appalachian Ohio households gained first-time access to the Internet in part through the efforts of CABI.
Download Connect Ohio’s Technology Barriers and Adoption in Rural Appalachian Ohio report.