On March 24th, District schools launched distance learning for students across the city. Distance learning combines online lessons with printed materials and virtual check-ins with teachers. However, many students do not have access to the digital tools for them to succeed in this new learning environment.
The DC Education Equity Fund was quickly established to collect donations to help close the digital equity gap. The Fund is housed at the Greater Washington Community Foundation and is managed in partnership with Education Forward DC and the DC Public Education Fund.
Priority for funding is given to schools with the most at-risk students. The moneys go toward ensuring students’ basic needs are being met, such as providing internet and device access. It also goes toward creating a smooth transition for students when school buildings reopen.
An impressive $2 million was raised in just three weeks. $1 million has already been allocated to both traditional public and public charter schools. The Fund is continuing to accept donations, both small and large. The goal is to raise $3.5 million in total.
Many of our Trustees have taken a leading role in standing up and supporting the Fund. We would like to give special recognition to:
- Education Forward DC
- A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation
- The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
- Horning Family Fund
- The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
- Terry and Lindsay Eakin
For a full list of the contributors or if you would like to contribute or share more information with your networks, please visit the DC Education Equity Fund website.