Closing the ‘homework gap’ for our North Carolina students

Dear Friends,

I want to wish all of our youth, from kindergarteners to seniors in college, the best of luck with their studies as a new school year begins. This time of the year is exciting and usually synonymous with words like “change” and “transformation.” At AT&T, that feeling of innovation never goes away because we are always planning for the future in North Carolina. From healthcare to education, AT&T is finding innovative solutions to help us all become smarter, healthier and more connected. That’s why I am excited to share the stories below with you today.

Thanks for reading,

Venessa Harrison
President — AT&T North Carolina

Technology and learning go hand in hand. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to the internet at home, making it hard for kids to do homework and learn at their own pace and for families to stay up to date and connect with teachers.

That’s why The National PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and AT&T have teamed up to help close the “homework gap” and ensure SNAP-eligible families in select states1 have the resources they need for children to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Through their collaboration, National PTA and AT&T will help qualifying families connect to low-cost internet service through Access from AT&T. The Access program offers those families a 10Mbps internet connection at home for $10 per month.2 You can visit ATT.com/Access for full details.

Together, the National PTA and AT&T will also teach parents how students are using digital technology in the classroom. Families will get tips about using technology and the internet to support their child's education at home. For example, the AT&T Digital You® portal includes English and Spanish language resources and tools for getting online, using technology safely, using online learning sites, job searching and more.

"Technology and the internet have created countless opportunities for teaching and learning. Having access to both is essential for students to develop the skills they need to be competitive," said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. "Increasing internet access for families is critical to help make sure all students have every opportunity for success."

For more information about National PTA and AT&T's collaboration, visit PTA.org/DigitalAccess.

As the president of AT&T Georgia, Venessa Harrison is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction of AT&T's public policy and corporate activities across the state of Georgia.

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