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Hogansville Elementary Awarded Digital Learning Grant

Congratulations to the Hogansville Elementary (HGVES) students and staff members for receiving a Digital Learning Grant to enhance online learning for students and update distance learning infrastructure for the school and community.

The Digital Learning Grant is funded by the Georgia Department of Education and was created in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic. All districts with schools identified for Comprehensive Support & Improvement or Targeted Support & Improvement were eligible to apply. HGVES will receive $90,400 to provide Chromebook devices for students, a new learning management system for a more robust online experience, and training for both teachers and students.

Gina Turner, Principal of HGVES, said, “This grant will provide us the opportunity to stay connected to our students and families both academically and socially. We have had learning participation since our March 13th closure, but most of that was completed through paper and pencil. As families came to collect food, they expressed the desire to have a device – besides a telephone – to do the work on Google Classroom. Some also expressed a concern about the lack of connectivity. This grant will help with both of these issues.”

State School Superintendent Richard Woods stated, “The ‘digital divide’ in Georgia is not a new issue, but the COVID19 pandemic has made it even more apparent. There is still a need for better digital learning infrastructure within our state, particularly in rural and underserved communities. These funds will help districts strengthen their digital learning capacity, extend summer learning opportunities, and ensure no student is left unconnected.”