The purchase of headsets and other digital devices are on the needs list that will be addressed by Shelby County Schools (SCS) with a $750,000 dedication from Shelby County Government.
Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones and Commissioner Tami Sawyer presented a check for $750,000 to SCS through the SchoolSeed Foundation.
“Our priority should be the education and welfare of the children of our community,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. “It is important for all students to have access to learn, whether they are in virtual learning academies or learning virtually from home. Access to resources like headphones and other digital devices is vital to assure continuous development during this pandemic.”
Last month, SCS provided laptops and Internet hotspots to students, who started the school year learning from home because of the pandemic. SCS Supt. Dr. Joris Ray and school board members accepted the donation from Shelby County Government.
“I am extremely grateful for the investments made by Mayor Harris and the Shelby County Commissions on behalf of Shelby County Schools’ students. These resources will enhance the District’s efforts to ensure students have access to the tools they need to succeed,” said Ray.
“I’m proud of the community and its leaders for serving as change champions during this unprecedented time.”
Shelby County School Board Chair Miska Clay Bibbs said, “Based on the guidance of our Board and feedback from our families, we believe that headsets create a better virtual learning environment at home and better opportunities for the success of our students.”
Shelby County Commission Chairman Eddie Jones noted the priority status afforded “the future of our children’s education” since the start of the pandemic.
“Education doesn’t stop, and neither should educational investments if we’re going to meet our children’s academic needs,” said Jones. “I’m glad to be a part of this initiative and hope to see more ways we can help Shelby County students get through this time. ”
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer said local leaders should “do our due diligence to make sure youth are prepared for this academic school year. Because of this investment, parents can focus more on thriving and navigating through this pandemic and have a little less stress knowing their child has some essentials while navigating a new way of learning.
“I’m proud to support making sure young people have what they need during this time.”