Need Continues as Division Begins School Virtually this Fall
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA—Spotsylvania County Public Schools (SCPS) today announced that sPower and other community partners have funded 16 mobile hotspots for this school year. In July, sPower issued a challenge grant to fund five mobile hotspots and worked to raise funds for an additional five. Akamai Technologies, Inc., Etsy, and Kimley-Horn, three of sPower’s partners in the Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center, have supported the effort. Other Spotsylvania County Public Schools’ community partners that have joined this important initiative include the Spotsylvania Education Foundation, who has donated funds for one mobile hotspot, and Atlantic Builders, who donated funds for five mobile hotspots. Additionally, since July individual donors have contributed over $1,000 toward this effort.
“We greatly appreciate the support of our community partners and especially thank sPower and Atlantic Builders who have taken the lead in this initiative by supporting five mobile hotspots each,” shared Dr. S. Scott Baker, SCPS Superintendent.
SCPS continues to assess the needs of students throughout the school division. Based on current data, the division estimates that approximately 21 percent of students have connectivity needs and additional support may be needed to help ensure students have access to wifi for distance learning.
“Too many homes in Spotsylvania County are without internet and we are happy to do our part to help close that gap for the upcoming school year,” said Tom Schoedel, president of Atlantic Builders.
“Excellence in mathematics, education, and innovation has always been – and continues to be – at the heart of Akamai’s mission.” said Mike Mattera, Director of Corporate Sustainability at Akamai Technologies, Inc. “As a partner of sPower’s in the Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center, we are proud to join this effort to help close the digital divide for students in Spotsylvania County and helping them to have internet access during this unprecedented time.”
“The creative entrepreneurs on Etsy rely on the internet to engage in the digital economy every day, so we know how important equitable internet access is, especially for students during this unprecedented time.” said Chelsea Mozen, Director of Sustainability and Impact Engagement at Etsy.
“We are proud to be a part of the Spotsylvania community, and do our part to help students in the county effectively learn virtually this fall,” said Sean Millot, Project Manager for Kimley-Horn.
In addition to the signage on the mobile hotspot itself, all donors will be recognized on the Spotsylvania Education Foundation’s website.
“Our top priority is ensuring success for all students in Spotsylvania County,” said Angie Sullivan, executive director of the Spotsylvania Education Foundation. “One of the biggest issues facing some of our students this fall is the ability to access the Internet and this is one way to make sure that barrier is reduced.”
For more information about this initiative, contact René Daniels, SCPS’ director of communications and community engagement.
About SCPS: Spotsylvania County Public Schools is the 12th largest school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves approximately 24,000 students through Spotsylvania County, which is over 400 square miles. The school division is composed of 17 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 5 high schools, the Spotsylvania Career & Technical Education Center, and the John J. Wright Educational & Cultural Center. For more information about SCPS, please visit the division’s website at www.spostylvania.k12.va.us. Follow us on Twitter: @spotsyschools, Instagram: @spotsyschools, and on Facebook: SpotsylvaniaCountyPublicSchools.
About sPower: Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, sPower is a leading independent power producer (IPP) that owns and operates more than 150 renewable generation systems across the U.S. We operate a leading wind, solar and storage portfolio of nearly 2.0 GW, with 15 GW of projects under development. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), Fortune 500 global power company, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment managers.
About Atlantic Builders: Atlantic Builders is an award-winning, privately owned regional builder that has built thousands of homes over the past 30+ years. In 2019, the firm closed a total of 167 homes in Virginia in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Louisa County and Augusta County and is on track to close over 230 in 2020. With a passion for quality and excellence, Atlantic Builders consistently ranks in the Top 10% of Builders Nationally as surveyed by Woodland, O’Brien & Scott, a homebuilder survey company. The company’s core values include: Delighted Customers, Passionately Learn & Grow, Respect All Opinions, Do It Right the First Time, Act with Urgency, Give Back and Have Fun & Celebrate. For a list of currently active communities as well as more information on Atlantic Builders, please visit www.atlanticbuilders.com.
About Spotsylvania Education Foundation: The Spotsylvania Education Foundation (SEF) is dedicated to seeking private funding and community resources to enhance the quality of the student learning experience in Spotsylvania County Public Schools. For mere information about SEF and how to get involved in supporting its mission, please visit their website at www.SEF4education.org.