Feaster Connectivity Fair Draws a Big Response

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Students and families are lining up to enroll in Connect2Compete, the District’s partnership with Cox Communications to bring more families online and bridge the digital divide. The program allows qualifying families to obtain fast Internet service for just $9.95 a month and a low-cost home computer. The program is already a hit with parents. At Mae L. Feaster Charter School on June 6, a connectivity fair included 100 computers for distribution, which prompted people to line up as early as 8 a.m. for the event that began at 1 p.m. The computers, which only cost $65 each, were distributed in little more than an hour.

To help parents enroll in the program, Feaster deployed its ‘MOUSE Squad,’ a school-based, student-run technical help desk. MOUSE Squad students are called technicians and are responsible for fixing, taking care of, and supporting many of the computer-related needs in their school. For the Connect2Compete fair, the students assisted adults and school staff in navigating software, and other application support.

The overwhelming response to the fair at Feaster prompted school and District officials to plan for additional Connect2Compete events in the fall. To qualify for Connect2Compete, a family must have at least one child who receives free school meals. In addition, a family cannot currently have Cox internet service. Please contact your school to learn more about whether you qualify and how you can register for this program. You can also go to www.connect2compete.org/cox or call toll free 1-855-222-3252 for more information.

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