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Graduates at Booker T. Washington High School get hi-tech donation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local organization is helping local graduates get a technical leg-up on their futures.

The Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis and their partners gave nearly 100 computer laptops and wi-fi devices to graduates at Booker To. Washington High School Tuesday. The students also received $100 gift certificates.

Because of COVID-19, 25 seniors at a time got their gifts while practicing social distancing.

This is just one of the many ways the Women's Foundation has supported the local community during this pandemic.

(NEWS RELEASE) - The Booker T. Washington High School 2020 graduating seniors receive laptop computers, WIFI devices, and $100 gift cards from the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM) and their partners today and tomorrow at ER2 in South City. The laptop distribution is part of WFGM’s 38126 Digital Inclusion Plan in partnership with Comcast, FedEx, Nike, Start Co., Urban Strategies, Inc., CodeCrew, and The Links Incorporated Shelby County (TN) Chapter.

The WFGM 38126 Digital Inclusion Plan in South City is a phased approach to address the digital divide in one of the poorest zip codes in Memphis. More than 55% of households in 38126 lack access to the internet or a computer. These resources will empower the graduating seniors as they pursue their post-secondary education, career and employment goals.

“Comcast Internet Essentials is committed to bridging the digital divide; and, supporting the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis' efforts of providing students leadership-development opportunities, access to digital technology and digital literacy training,” said Evangeline Parker-Guest, Comcast External Affairs Manager.

Each student will receive one week of computer coding training from CodeCrew and Start Co. as well as a new backpack and a $100 gift card to purchase school supplies for the fall semester.

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