Sparklight makes donation to local school

Eastmoreland Chromebook

JOPLIN, Mo. – Students at Eastmorland Elementary School in Joplin will be equipped with new Chromebooks this school year as the result of a Sparklight initiative designed to improve student access to technology in Title I schools.

Sparklight Senior Vice President of Technology Services Ken Johnson said that donating Chromebooks to Title 1 schools will help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding – especially for students lacking the technology needed to perform school from home activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While many school systems are taking big steps and working to give every student and every teacher access to the technology and tools they need to learn, not all schools have the funding to support this effort,” Johnson said. “We understand how critical access to technology is right now – especially during the pandemic when many schools are struggling to provide laptops to students in need during the transition to online school.”

Eastmorland Elementary School Principal Heather Surbrugg said that Sparklight’s Chromebook donation will be utilized for online learning this fall by students with no access to technology at home.

“Eastmorland will use the Chromebooks donated by Sparklight on a daily basis,” Surbrugg said. “We use technology continually throughout the day with our academic lessons in reading and math. The Chromebooks will allow more students to have access to technology from home. This is an incredible donation for our school.”
Sparklight’s Joplin General Manager Jim Duck said that Sparklight is committed to strengthening and improving the Joplin community, not only through its products and services, but through the support of the local community.

“We know that access to technology for every student is key during these unprecedented times, so we are thrilled to give back to Eastmorland Elementary and support our community with this donation,” Duck said.

Over the past seven years, Sparklight has donated more than 1,500 Chromebooks to Title 1 schools in the markets they serve.