AT&T Wisconsin Helps Students Gear Up for Back to School Season

Paul Weirtz, President of AT&T Wisconsin
September 6, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability, Community Impact


AT&T Wisconsin Helps Students Gear Up for Back to School Season

As a new school year starts, students around the country are making their Back to School lists: notebooks, pencils, backpacks and all the other tools and devices needed for a successful school year.

To set students up for success, AT&T Wisconsin and the AT&T Foundation are working together to provide grants and supplies to support Wisconsin students this school year.

As part of AT&T’s $2 billion commitment from 2021-2023 to help bridge the digital divide, the AT&T Foundation is granting $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Manitowoc County to help local youth with limited internet access.

The AT&T Foundation grant will support the Club’s new Project Learn program that focuses on addressing the digital divide and homework gap by offering computer and digital literacy resources and academic programs for youth.

The program will provide students in need access to devices, high-speed internet and computer software programs to help them build new academic skills and complete homework during this next school year.

“Our mission at the Club is to do whatever we can to inspire and enable all the young people we serve – especially those who need us the most – to reach their full potential,” said Bill Bertsche, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Manitowoc County. “Over the last two years, our youth have faced many challenges. With this grant from the AT&T Foundation, we are excited to provide support to our youth who face technology and internet access challenges that serve as barriers to academic success.”

And in Milwaukee, the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers provided 975 students with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

The AT&T Pioneers recently visited six Milwaukee schools to donate the backpacks and school supplies as part of their annual Tools for Learning project. Every year, the Pioneers work to raise money, purchase supplies, and stuff backpacks to help students in need start the school year fully supplied and ready to learn.

“For some families, shopping for new backpacks and school supplies isn’t always an option,” said Jim Jermain, President of the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers. “The AT&T Pioneers are proud to help these students have the tools they need to be successful in school.”

AT&T Pioneer members donated backpacks and supplies to the following Milwaukee schools:

  • Clarke Street School
  • S. Grant Elementary School
  • Franklin School
  • Jackson School
  • Marvin Pratt Elementary
  • Obama School of Career and Technical Education

The AT&T Pioneers are a local organization of employees and retirees who volunteer their time to various community causes.

It’s important to equip this generation of learners with ALL the tools – and devices – they need to succeed in the classroom today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Learn more about how we’re helping more students get connected this school year here.

Check out local coverage of the AT&T Foundation grant: