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SSD in the News: SSD and CNC partner to close the digital divide

Sixteen families at Ellis Elementary School in Sunnyvale have been gifted Chrome laptops to take home after participating in a free 6-week digital literacy course. The course was made possible because of a $313,000 grant from the California Public Utilities Commission and a $100,000 grant from Google.

The Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC) is the lead in the course’s implementation. CNC is a partnership between the Sunnyvale School District and the City of Sunnyvale, as well as nonprofit organizations, businesses, community members and others. The center coordinates these entities to provide a connected network of services and programs to support and empower youth and families so that the children of the community will develop the life skills necessary to be successful in school and beyond.

The group of 16 families is the first of 650 families anticipated to benefit from the program over the next two years. Other Sunnyvale School District schools that will benefit include Bishop Elementary, Columbia Middle, Lakewood Elementary, San Miguel Elementary and Vargas Elementary.

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