- Ballantyne Helps CMS Foundation Close Connectivity Gap
Northwood Office has made a significant contribution to CMS Foundation‘s “Connect for Tech” initiative on behalf of its tenants and customers in Ballantyne this giving season.
The gift provides one year of internet service for 250 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students and their households as part of the foundation’s “Connect for Tech” initiative to close the connectivity gap for students engaging in remote learning. It will help ensure that each CMS student can access the resources they need during COVID-19.
Since 2013, Ballantyne has chosen a nonprofit organization to support in appreciation of our tenant community instead of a traditional holiday gift. We made our contribution earlier this year to help CMS with such a pressing need. Thank you for being a part of our Ballantyne community!
About CMS Foundation’s “Connect for Tech” initiative
The CMS Foundation launched the “Connect for Tech” fundraising campaign in August to cover the cost of internet service for CMS students in need of home connectivity support during the ongoing pandemic. While CMS distributed Chromebook laptops and iPads to students in grades K-12 at the start of the school year, sixteen thousand households were estimated to need home internet access support for CMS students to engage fully in remote learning during the 2020- 2021 school year. The school district committed nearly $1 million of state coronavirus relief funds to purchase mobile hotspot devices, but restrictions on usage prevented applying those funds toward the purchase of internet service for the devices. As the district’s nonprofit partner, the CMS Foundation established a $3.2 million fundraising goal to cover the cost of twelve months of internet service for sixteen thousand hotspots and was able to meet the need of the district through a combination of private and public support.