11 Cares teams up with Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation for technology drive

Jerome Bettis talks about the Bus Stops Here Foundation technology drive

PITTSBURGH — 11 Cares and its partners – Dollar Bank, Gateway Health and Vitalant – are proud to team up with the Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation for a technology drive.

The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation, The Education Partnership and Computer Reach have launched Connecting Kids, a summer-long technology drive to bridge the divide with connectivity for Pittsburgh area students.

“We want to inspire all kids and give them an equal opportunity to learn and thrive. We live in a digital world, and access to the internet is vital for all students,” said Jerome Bettis, Founder of the Bus Stops Here Foundation.

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In southwestern Pennsylvania, more than 36,000 students have been disconnected from their schooling due to lack of internet access and wifi-equipped devices to connect, according to the foundation.

Companies and individuals are encouraged to donate used laptops or make a financial contribution to help support the mission of connecting students before they return to school this fall.

Drop off locations are located at The Education Partnership [281 Corliss Street Pittsburgh, PA 15220] and Computer Reach [1 DRV Drive, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221]. For monetary donations, please text BUS to 71777 or visit thebusstopsherefoundation.org and click donate now.

“The pandemic’s effect of forcing students, teachers and schools to pivot education to a remote environment has illuminated the vast discrepancies in technology between under-resourced vs. affluent schools,” said Josh Whiteside, Executive Director of The Education Partnership.

“Thousands of families are trying to connect to the internet and use computers in a very rushed and demanding time. Computer Reach is pleased to partner with the Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation and The Education Partnership to meet this demand for computers all summer and beyond,” said Dave Sevick, Executive Director of Computer Reach.

For more information about the Connecting Kids technology drive, visit connectingkidspgh.org.