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Westwood, Carson families connect with Cox and buy computers


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  • Heidi Hurst/Mesa Public Schools

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Dreams came true Wednesday night at Westwood High School.

At an event hosted by Mesa Public Schools and Cox Communications, 90 families from Westwood and Carson Junior High signed up for discounted high-speed Internet and bought a computer for only $10.

Westwood, Carson families connect with Cox and buy computers WestwoodCoxInside“Many of our families do not have Internet or computer access at home,” says Westwood High School Principal Shawn Lynch. “This was a great opportunity to be able to help them.”

Connect2Compete is a national nonprofit organization that unites government, nonprofit and private sector partners in making lives better through accessibility to the Internet. Through the program, qualifying families are eligible to enroll in Cox high-speed Internet for only $9.95/month for two years.

“Access to technology at home is critical to students’ education,” says Jonathan Babbitt, senior government relations specialist at Cox. “The event was a success because of the district’s commitment to their schools and students.”

Good Tech America facilitated the computer sales for the event. The Gilbert-based corporation works with companies in Arizona and California to bring technology to families who may not be able to afford it.

“We partner with Cox Communications and Connect2Compete to connect disadvantaged families to broadband and technology, and to promote the social benefits and value of digital inclusion,” says Jeff Hancock, CEO of Good Tech America. “The event was extremely well-planned by the Mesa school district and Cox Communications. Planning involves identifying families in need, communicating the value and expectations, managing logistics, scheduling and finally conducting the event.”

The success of the event was evident by huge, beaming smiles on students’ and parents’ faces as they walked out the door with their new computers. Some even blinked back tears of joy. “The best part of the evening was seeing families walk out with computers, excited and thankful,” Principal Lynch says.

Hancock agrees the event was a success. “I’ve been working in the digital inclusion space for nearly 10 years,” he says. “The event at Westwood High School was one of the best I’ve been a part of.”

As participating Carson and Westwood families enjoy their new computers and internet access, educators who volunteered at the event are just as excited.

“Westwood will benefit as the community benefits,” Lynch says. “Enabling our families with Internet access and computers not only helps the students to be successful, but also gives the families more opportunity and access through technology at home.”

Find out if you’re eligible to enroll in Connect2Compete at connect2compete.org/cox/