Donate Digital Devices

Business Community Launches Drive for Digital Devices
Posted on 03/20/2020
Drive for Digital Devices

With the announcement that Palm Beach County District schools will remain closed until at least April 15, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County has partnered with Florida Power & Light Company, Comcast, Office Depot, and the School District to ensure that all of our students in need will have internet access and devices for remote learning, which is set to begin on Tuesday, March 31.

According to the survey conducted by the School District, there is an immediate need for about 11,000 devices. 
There are two options for those wishing to contribute to this effort:

1. 
A cash contribution can be made to the Education Foundation at 505 S. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33426. Donations can also be made online at www.educationfoundationpbc.org, earmarked for “Device Drive”. A donation of $275.00 will provide one device for a student.

2. 
Others may wish to donate gently used devices. The public is asked to only donate devices that are on the approved list, indicated below. Devices can be dropped off at any Office Depot location in Palm Beach County.

• Dell Chromebook (4G memory/32 G hard drive minimum).
• Dell Windows Desktop/Laptop (4G memory/128G hard drive minimum).
• Microsoft Surface Pro (4G memory/128 G hard drive minimum).)
• Apple Laptop (2013 or later with 4G/256G drive minimum).
• iPad (5th generation or higher, 32G and above).

Eligible households without internet access are encouraged to apply online for the two months of free internet access offered by Comcast. Go to www.internetessentials.com/covid19
Additionally, Comcast has made its Xfinity Wifi hotspots available for free to anyone who needs the service. They are also giving all of their customers unlimited data for no additional charge.

“When our backs are up against a wall, the true spirit of America reveals itself
,” Education Foundation President and CEO James Gavrilos said. “Palm Beach County is a generous community with committed business partners. Together, we will weather this storm.”

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