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Patch: 4 Nassau School Districts Awarded Funding For Improved Technology

More than $650,000 is being given for digital equipment to give students better off-campus learning options, the office of Rep. Rice said.

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Washington, September 30, 2021 | comments

MALVERNE, NY — To help provide students a better learning experience, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY-04) announced on Thursday the Federal Communications Commission is committing more than $650,000 to fund four Nassau County school districts.

Money will be used for purchasing devices and access to broadband connectivity to support off-campus studying.

The four school districts receiving the technology are the Roosevelt Union Free School District ($600,000), Franklin Square Union Free School District ($76,440), East Rockaway School District ($1,200) and Our Lady of Lourdes School in Malverne ($12,000), Rep. Rice's office said.

The second application window is open until Oct. 13 for awarding another wave of funds.

"One of the great challenges of the pandemic has been ensuring our students are still receiving the high-quality education they deserve," Rice said in a statement. "The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a vital program in this effort, serving as a lifeline for schools that have struggled with the high costs of remote learning over the past year and a half."

"This funding will be a tremendous asset for the Roosevelt Union Free School District's ongoing mission to maintain a consistent, academic experience for our students," Dr. Deborah Wortham, Superintendent of Roosevelt Union Free School District, said.

The funding is available for the purchase of laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons in need.

By: Jerry Barmash,Patch Staff

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