State Farm gives DeKalb schools $100K grant and 1,200 laptops

State Farm awarded DeKalb County School District with $100,000 and 1,200 laptops for their college and career preparedness initialtive.
State Farm awarded DeKalb County School District with $100,000 and 1,200 laptops for their college and career preparedness initialtive.

DeKalb County School District will get a boost in equipment thanks to a $100,000 grant from State Farm.

The insurance company also gifted the school system with 1,200 laptops as part of the district’s “I’m Ready” college and career preparedness initiative, district officials said in a release Thursday.

The funds and computers will support the school system’s dual enrollment and test preparation efforts, college transition programs, college and career incentives and increase exposure to college campuses at all DeKalb high schools.

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DeKalb launched a $27 million, sales tax-funded project that includes providing laptops for all middle and high schoolers, about 55,000 students. The district also has 25,000 wireless internet hotspots from Spring available for students to checkout.

Before the districtwide technology project began, about 30 percent of students lacked internet access, and 35 percent did not have a home computer, district officials said last month.

“This grant from State Farm represents an invaluable investment from the community-at-large,” Superintendent Stephen Green said in the release. “It’s a message to all of our students, staff, and stakeholders that confirms our district is indeed soaring to new heights, and that reputable, highly regarded businesses wish to be a part of that mission.”

The district will celebrate its partnership with the insurance company at 9 a.m., Oct. 9, at the Robert R. Freeman Administrative and Instructional Complex on Mountain Industrial Boulevard in Stone Mountain.

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