$150,000 from CARES funds allocated to help connect families to internet

Since the spring Tacoma Public Schools’ partner, the Foundation for Tacoma Students, has connected TPS families with home internet access. Still, many more need it.

A recent allocation of $150,000 by the district is aimed at helping more families gain that access. Tacoma Public Schools received the funding through the federal CARES Act, which provides payments to state, local, and tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, the Pierce County Council voted to allocate some funding the county received to Pierce County school districts.

The Foundation for Tacoma Students will continue to manage requests and work directly with families to provide internet installation.

The Foundation already has plans to increase its capacity and ability to manage requests. On Friday, Sept. 4 they will conduct their first training for volunteers. Those interested in a volunteer position can email volunteer@graduatetacoma.org.

“This funding is huge for families,” said Tafona Ervin, Executive Director at the Foundation for Tacoma Students. “This allows us to more quickly address the requests we already have and serve new requests.”

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