AT&T Foundation Grants $25,000 to Charles Houston Advisory Council in Alexandria

Garrett McGuire, Regional Director, AT&T External Affairs
June 8, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability


AT&T Foundation Grants $25,000 to Charles Houston Advisory Council in Alexandria

As part of our nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide and homework gap, the AT&T Foundation granted $25,000 to the Charles Houston Advisory Council to support the 2022-23 School Year and Summer Coding Classes for Kids at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (CHRC).

We announced the support during a special event kicking off the summer programs at the CHRC.

Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and Vice Mayor Amy Jackson joined us for the announcement and for a tour of the facility.

Here’s what the mayor had to say about the grant:  “Providing support for our youth for their education and enrichment is a key priority of our government.  The work of the AT&T Foundation in supporting this program is a tangible investment in the success of our youth, and we are deeply appreciative.”

This contribution is part of the AT&T Connected Learning initiative, created as part of our companywide, $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, to help today’s learners succeed wherever they learn.

The pandemic heightened the challenges faced by students here in Virginia and around the nation who lack adequate connectivity, devices or both needed for online learning. Charles Houston Advisory Council and the CHRC launched a strong program to help tackle the digital divide and homework gap, and we’re proud to support their efforts to help the most vulnerable students in Alexandria.

During our event, Robert Petris, President of the CHAC, said the grant to the Charles Houston Advisory Council is critical to providing the necessary funding for our Scratch, Python and Minecraft Coding classes for financially disadvantaged kids during the 2022-23 School Year and Summer Programs at CHRC.