Dekalb Digital Divide Community Task Force (DDDCTF) Helped Kids and Their Families Get Ready for Virtual School

As the name Dekalb Digital Divide Community Task Force implies, a group of non-profits, community leaders and educational professionals started coming together in the early months of Covid to assist students that did not have access to the technology that is now essential to learn. 

 Dekalb Digital Divide Community Task Force (DDDCTF) Helped Kids and Their Families Get Ready for Virtual School

Clarkston, GA. 

This was a back-to-school weekend like no other. Rather than shopping for school supplies or clothing, parents and students were wondering how to get online, how to find their class schedules or if they will even be getting a chrome book? This past Saturday and Sunday, the Dekalb Digital Divide Community Task Force (DDDCTF) helped kids and their families get ready for virtual school during this unprecedented time. As the name Dekalb Digital Divide Community Task Force implies, a group off non-profits, community leaders and educational professionals started coming together in the early months of Covid to assist students that did not have access to the technology that is now essential to learn. In partnership with the City of Clarkston, the DDDCTF offered 2 days of assistance getting online and ready for school, which started on Monday. Gratefully, several teachers and parent liaisons from local elementary schools and high schools showed up on an moments notice to help out. Fifteen volunteers helped 100 students and their parents learn how to log into Verge and other sites used by the school system. Students and parents waited patiently for password re-sets, log-in issues, new students who needed to enroll, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders wondering what to do without a computer. The non-profit With These Hands International Outreach Inc. joined in on Sunday to give out school supplies.

The days ended with grateful faces and lots of help desk tickets submitted. We are so appreciative to the school employees, Refugee Village Corp, Compassionate Atlanta, Catholic Charities and City of Clarkston for making this happen.

 At the same time, Task Force Member, CDF Action, gave out information on READY schools, census info and free masks at a local apartment complex with the help of the Somali American Community Center.

Leanne Rubenstein, Co-Director of Compassionate Atlanta/Sagal Radio Board Member and task force member, said “This was a true community effort. It was wonderful to see all who came together to make this happen. Watching kids excited to go back to school is the greatest gift. Young, excited, resilient learners, supportive parents and teachers, and communities that care are definitely a recipe for success.”

 Another pop up community assistance event was held on Saturday, August 22 from 10 AM to noon at the Thrift Town Shopping Center in Clarkston. 

In partnership with the City of Clarkston, the DDDCTF had offered 2 days of assistance getting online and ready for school, which started on Monday. 

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