ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today Amazon announced that it will donate $1 million to schools throughout Northern Virginia to help meet the needs of students. All 18 schools in Alexandria will benefit from the donation as well as the 41 in Arlington.
The funds will be distributed by Communities in Schools (CIS) through its Right Now Needs Fund. The fund, according to a press release, is “designed to meet the basic needs of schoolchildren and help eliminate barriers to learning.” This means students will have access to clothing, food, and more.
“In keeping with our goal of expanding the “plus” in our Virtual PLUS+ model, we are grateful to Amazon for their generous donation to one of our Virtual PLUS+ partners, Communities In Schools,” said Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. “CIS will work closely with [ACPS] to identify families that need additional supports to be academically successful, and this will help our students in greatest need stay connected to their school and community during this pandemic while providing targeted relief, resources and supplies for our families,”
During the pandemic, Amazon has helped employees, customers, businesses, and communities all over the country. Since March, Amazon has donated more than 13,000 laptops to students, distributed more than $5 million worth of Amazon devices to help healthcare workers and nonprofits, and delivered more than nine million meals across 25 cities.
To help students begin the school year at home, Amazon recently donated 800 Mi-Fi devices and $75,000 in headsets.
“The start of this school year has been difficult for many families across our new home of Northern Virginia, and we are determined to provide support to the students who need it most,” said Jay Carney, Amazon Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs.
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