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Chairman Warren explains how Pittsylvania County invested its CARES Act money in its students at all levels by funding the purchase of thousands of laptops and other technology.
For many of us, the last ten months have been some of the strangest, most difficult times of our lives. This is particularly true for of our students, who were suddenly forced to learn exclusively remotely for several months in March without any warning or preparation and have been alternating between in-person and remote learning for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. Because of these unprecedented challenges for our students and our belief in our students and workforce development pipeline, Pittsylvania County elected to invest millions of our CARES Act funds into technology for learners from all levels - ranging from elementary school to community college.
Pittsylvania County partnered with Danville Community College to help Pittsylvania County residents continue to succeed in school. An allotment of $150,000 was provided for scholarships for county residents, but the Board of Supervisors recently agreed to transition that money to the purchase of 300 laptops for County residents that attend DCC. Students can learn more about how to apply for these laptops on the DCC website.
In addition to our investment in DCC students, thousands of students in Pittsylvania County Schools now have take-home technology like chromebook laptops and internet hotspots that allows them to learn well from home thanks to more than $2 million in CARES Act funds. As many as 3,000 laptops and 1,000 internet hotspots are being purchased for our students as a result of these investments, which will aid the school division and its students for years to come.
With all of the CARES Act funds that Pittsylvania County received from the federal government, this Board of Supervisors has strived to make purchases that will remain useful beyond the pandemic.
—Chairman Bob Warren