As part of AT&T’s nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide, AT&T is collaborating with Compudopt and Troy Aikman to provide Henryetta and Okmulgee area students with 300 free computers, digital literacy trainings, and technical support. This donation will help ensure the students have access to the tools they need for online learning.
“The community of Henryetta is second-to-none, people with a lot of heart who helped make me the man I am today,” said Troy Aikman, Henryetta-raised and Pro Football Hall of Famer. “The teachers work so hard to give their students the best education possible, and they deserve the resources needed to flourish in school. I am very proud to partner with organizations like AT&T and Compudopt to equip students from my hometown with the tools they need to succeed.”
According to a study by Pew Research, during the onset of COVID-19, 27% of parents said their children had to complete homework on a cell phone, and 16% of students were unable to complete their work at all due to lack of a computer. These percentages were even higher in lower-income households. Donating refurbished computers can help address this critical education barrier for students in Oklahoma.
“Students today need connections and devices at home to fully participate in school,” said Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma. “At AT&T, we are proud to collaborate with organizations like Compudopt to help ensure Oklahoma students have the tools they need to succeed in today’s 21st century learning environment.”
“The learning loss experienced by students all over the nation due to COVID-19 disproportionately affects under-resourced students,” said Megan Steckly, chief executive officer of Compudopt. “We are proud to extend our program service footprint to the state of Oklahoma and connect Henryetta and Okmulgee students to the resources they deserve.”
These efforts are part of the AT&T Connected Learning initiative and AT&T’s $2 billion commitment from 2021 – 2023 to address the digital divide through investments in digital literacy tools, education resources, broadband technology, low-cost internet service, computers, and more.