Sharity joins Atlanta Public Schools and Comcast in providing laptops and WiFi for TeleSchooling
(ATLANTA) – Sharity Ministries, a 501(c)(3) non-profit health care sharing ministry, announced today the donation of $50,000 to seed the Get Our Kids Connected program which is a new partnership between Atlanta Public Schools (APS) and Comcast.
Thousands of students attending Atlanta Public Schools do not have access to an internet connection and/or a computer in their home. This creates a significant disadvantage to the education progress for our communities’ children which is only magnified by health emergencies such as COVID-19 when TeleSchooling becomes the heart of our education.
“Part of Sharity serving our community is the belief to ‘bear one another’s burdens,’” said Chris Sizemore, Sharity Ministries’s chairman of the board. “For our city’s children, the burden of not having access to the internet and a computer for school, especially under our current circumstances, amplifies the education gap we have in our city. I am honored our Sharity family stepped up to kick off this amazing program.”
For $300, contributors can give the gift of connectivity, which will provide students with a laptop they own and an internet connection for 12 months. APS has identified a pilot group of 1,000 students with an immediate need, which sets their fundraising goal at $300,000.
“At Sharity, we believe every child should have access to all available resources in their time of need; this is one of those times,” said Sharity Ministries CEO William “Rip” Thead. “We see the children of Atlanta Public Schools as ‘our children’. When we became aware of the opportunity to provide laptops directly to students who normally would go without, we wanted to take immediate action. This $50,000 donation will be a jump start for reducing the technology gap for our children in the City of Atlanta.”
“As we closed schools for TeleSchooling and teleworking in response to COVID-19, we needed more help from partners to close the digital divide and keep our students connected,” said Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen. “Comcast responded to our call by co-creating Get Our Kids Connected and Sharity Ministries stepped up with the $50,000 seed funding. It is because of these two great community partners that we are starting to close the technology gap for our kids.”
Those interested in donating can do so by visiting www.atlantapublicschools.us/getourkidsconnected.
For questions on additional partnership opportunities and how to donate:
Rachel Sprecher, 404-802-2812, firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding campaign details and execution:
Lisa Walker, 678-776-6635, Lisa_Walker@cable.comcast.com
About Sharity Ministries
Sharity Ministries is a 501(c)(3) non-profit health care sharing ministry built on the centuries- old Christian tradition of sharing and bearing one another’s health care needs. Our members hold a common set of religious beliefs, and voluntarily agree to share their medical expenses in accordance with those beliefs. Our sharing programs are designed to simplify the complexities of health care, while putting the power of choice back in the hands of our members. In 2019, Sharity members shared almost $58 million in medical expenses. For more information, visit www.sharityministries.org.
About Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta Public Schools is one of the largest school districts in the State of Georgia, serving approximately 52,000 students across 87 schools. The district is organized into nine K-12 clusters with 58 traditional schools, 18 charter schools, six partner schools, two citywide single-gender academies and three alternative programs. To learn more about Atlanta Public Schools, follow us on social media – Twitter (@apsupdate), Facebook (Atlanta Public Schools), and Instagram (apsupdate) – or visit us online at www.atlantapublicschools.us.
Joe Guarino, President
Sharity Healthshare, Inc.