Oklahoma City — Arthur Elementary School has announced that students at the local public school will have the opportunity to continue learning beyond the walls of the classroom, thanks to free mobile broadband from AT&T. The gift comes as part of the company’s commitment to the White House ConnectED initiative.
“Many of our students do not have access to the internet once they leave the school building. These resources from AT&T will be extremely valuable to both our students and teachers as they are able to explore, research and collaborate in new ways,” said Arthur Elementary Principal Rhonda Schroeder.
“Technology is fundamentally altering the way students learn and interact with the world,” said Steve Hahn, state president for AT&T.
“Through our ConnectED commitment, our goal is to ensure more students and teachers have access to quality, personalized education wherever they are. Providing access to mobile broadband for educational use truly helps to address the homework gap by enabling students to continue their education at school, at home or anywhere where there is a Wi-Fi or AT&T 4G connection.”
According to a press release announcing the boost to education at Arthur, “AT&T is driving innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond through our signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire. We are leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.”
The release from AT&T said the program for “philanthropy and social innovation” at the telecommunications firm and its allies “is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs.
“AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature philanthropic initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring. “Through Aspire, we’ve passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education from 2008-2017.”
The release noted, “AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.”