AT&T Contributes $14,000 to C.H.O.I.C.E. to Help Keep Perry County Students Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AT&T Blog Team
June 12, 2020
Broadband Access and Affordability


AT&T Contributes $14,000 to C.H.O.I.C.E. to Help Keep Perry County Students Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic

One of our core values at AT&T* is making a difference in our communities, especially in challenging times like the COVID-19 pandemic. To help keep local students connected while learning remotely, we are contributing $14,000 to Choosing to Help Others In Our Community Excel, or C.H.O.I.C.E. The nonprofit will use the contribution for new tablets to be used by students in the Perry County school district.

C.H.O.I.C.E. works with community organizations to help ensure youth have access to the resources that provide quality programs, activities and services in the areas of education, workforce development, mentoring, cultural arts, health and wellness, and athletics and recreation.

Assisting our students with distance learning opportunities has never been more important, and we thank AT&T for understanding today’s youth are our future,” said Dr. John H. Heard III, Perry County schools superintendent. “The tablets and support provided will help solve immediate academic challenges for our Perry County students, and provide stability with summer enrichment and ease back-to-school stresses as well.”

“Many rural students are struggling with remote learning as schools remain temporarily closed in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic,” said Senator Malika Sanders-Fortier. “I appreciate AT&T’s continuing commitment to connect more and more young people to academic opportunities, especially in rural parts of Alabama at a time when it is needed most. These tablets will make a meaningful impact for our students in Perry County.”

AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that promote academic achievement. Our philanthropic intiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school.

“At C.H.O.I.C.E., we work hard everyday to equip our Perry County students with access to digital and technical resources to support learning,” said Emefa Butler, C.H.O.I.C.E. executive director. “These are unsettling times, and local students are in need of assistance more than ever before. Our ability to be responsive and provide continuity during these challenging times is strengthened by support from community partners like AT&T.”

“At AT&T, one of our core values is to be there when people need us most.”

Wayne Hutchens, President – AT&T Alabama

At AT&T, one of our core values is to be there when people need us most,” said AT&T Alabama president Wayne Hutchens. “We understand the unintended impacts school closings can have on students, teachers, administrators and families. All of us at AT&T are proud to work with Superintendent Heard and C.H.O.I.C.E to provide an enhanced digital learning environment for students in Perry County. Supporting our Alabama students, families and teachers has never been more important.”

For more information on how AT&T is supporting communities and responding to COVID-19, please visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html.