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$150K funded for Duluth schools to close digital divide

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DULUTH, MN-- A new group called the Duluth Digital Inclusion Partnership has received $150,000 in grant funding to provide more electronic devices for students in the Duluth School District.

The group is a coalition of 23 community organizations led by LISC Duluth and the City of Duluth Workforce Development

The funding comes from 'Connected Minnesota.'

Duluth school officials hope it will help close the digital divide students and families are facing during COVID-19.

Roughly 1,800 Duluth students and families are dealing with digital challenges during the pandemic.

Josiah Green, a Denfeld student representative said this will greatly help keep students connected while learning in a remote setting.

"Not only is this collaboration something special to me, but it's special to many students," said Green. "Especially for students who don't have these kinds of connections. Especially those people have isolated themselves many times, trying so hard to make new friends.

The funding will help the district lessen the cost of mobile hotspots they've provided for students.

It will also ensure students will have these devices throughout the end of the school year.

Officials say this will also help those at the Duluth workforce development.

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Emma Quinn

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