Riverview Gardens School District was awarded 2,621 WiFi hotspots and 750 Chromebooks from the Saint Louis County Library as a part of its Digital Equity Initiative. The initiative is a partnership between the Library, Saint Louis County and local school districts to provide hotspots and technology to support education.
The essential technology will provide crucial support to families and aid the District’s virtual learning curriculum.
“We couldn’t be more excited to have been a recipient of this technology grant from the St. Louis County Library,” said Dr. Scott Spurgeon, superintendent of schools. “We are now able to level the playing field with greater access to WiFi and technology for our students.”
The equipment was financed through a $4 million designation of federal CARES Act funding by St. Louis County Executive Sam Page.
In a statement, St. Louis County Library Director Kristen Sorth said, “We are grateful to St. Louis County for their generous support in helping address digital equity in our region. Providing students with digital access will give them the tools they need to be successful…”
In addition to providing Riverview Gardens School District with technology, the Library also restarted Operation Food Search, a “drive-thru food pick-up for kids.”
The service provides free, pre-packaged meals at select library locations, including the Lewis & Clark Branch, located at 9909 Lewis & Clark Blvd. The location sits across the street from the RGSD administration building.
“The St. Louis County Library system has and continues to be a tremendous resource not only for Riverview Gardens School District but for the St. Louis region and beyond,” Spurgeon said.
The Library’s efforts support the District’s own. On Aug. 31, RGSD began delivering and distributing breakfast and lunch to students to support virtual instruction.
Additionally, Riverview Gardens School District purchased 1,126 hotspots, which are available for families at their local schools. The District also purchased 2,537 Chromebooks to distribute to students. The delivery of those Chromebooks has been delayed due to limited availability amid a staggering increase in global demand due to COVID-19.
Families interested in obtaining technology equipment to support virtual learning should contact the school in which their child is enrolled.