What’s the news?
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware received a $10,000 contribution from AT&T to help improve reading and digital literacy skills of children in Smyrna and Clayton.
The contribution was announced during a special event at the Club in Delaware that was attended by state and local officials, Boys & Girls Club staff and students, and representatives from AT&T.
With this contribution, the clubs launched a summer-reading program for members in grades 1-4 that uses the BookNook digital platform to help students improve their reading skills and levels.
The Clubs also can access The Achievery, a free online learning platform created by AT&T to provide K-12 students with engaging and entertaining content paired with learning activities for everywhere today’s connected students learn, along with other tools and resources available through AT&T Connected Learning.
Why is this important?
These contributions are part of the AT&T Connected Learning initiative, created as part of our companywide commitment to help address the digital divide through internet accessibility, affordability and safe adoption.
What are people saying?
“Our Clubs have been building great momentum with our literacy initiatives. This school year, we had nearly 400 members with 10 or more BookNook sessions, and Club members gained over 900 reading levels combined,” said Jon Tucker, Vice President of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
“The Boys and Girls Club of Delaware plays an integral role in lives of thousands of children by providing them and their families with a safe, fun and positive environment where they can develop supportive relationships for years to come. I am thrilled the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware is expanding that role to include virtual spaces through its new digital literacy program that will help our children understand how to stay safe online,” said Delaware State Senator Kyra Hoffner. “This program will help to empower and inspire our young people to become well rounded young adults in both the physical and virtual worlds.
“The Boys & Girls Clubs in Delaware helps young people in the First State reach their full potential. One way the organization does that is by offering programs to children strengthen their technical and digital skills, which are vitally important in today’s digital-first world. Our support will enable them to achieve their goals,” said Katie McEvoy, regional director of External Affairs, AT&T- Delaware.
For more information about AT&T in Delaware, visit delaware.att.com