Local Brothers Help Fund WI-FI Access During Remote Learning

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Brothers and water polo players at San Marcos High, Jaden and Jordan are used to giving back to both their own community and communities far away. Seven years ago, Jordan wrote a letter to Santa asking for 20 blankets to distribute to the homeless in Santa Barbara, and this began their focus on helping those in need. Just over a year ago, they traveled to India with their family and distributed holiday gifts at an orphanage. 

While many kids their age (Jaden is 17, Jordan is 15) are focused on Zooming with their friends and having fun, Jaden and Jordan continue to give back, volunteering at local homeless shelters serving food every weekend. 

When COVID-19 caused the schools to shut down, the brothers learned that many families at the time did not have access to WIFI. They realized that many of their peers and students of all ages in the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) were unable to attend school via Zoom and felt compelled to help in some way. 

They immediately started reaching out to extended family and friends to organize a WIFI fund campaign for the district and successfully raised over $12,000. Funds were donated to the Santa Barbara Education Foundation (SBEF), a non-profit that raises money for SBUSD.

“With 3,000 families in the district in need of financial support to pay for quality WIFI so their kids can participate in remote learning, Jaden and Jordan’s generous donation will go a long way towards meeting this need,” SBEF Executive Director Margie Yayhavi stated. “We truly can’t thank them enough.”

Santa Barbara Education Foundation promotes private support of Santa Barbara’s public education system, serving 14,000 students in 18 schools. For more information, visit www.santabarbaraeducation.org.

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ZeroHawk Feb 04, 2021 03:30 PM
Local Brothers Help Fund WI-FI Access During Remote Learning

*crickets*
that's not going to work...they have the monopoly and know it. they also know our kids education is at their mercy and they have no mercy. my rates went from $90 a month for the highest tier to $120 a month...yeah...think SBUSD is helping? Nope. So i fork out taxes for this and then have to double pay in a sort....

Voice of Reason Feb 05, 2021 08:56 AM
Local Brothers Help Fund WI-FI Access During Remote Learning

Pit, this was $8M specifically in COVID relief. That is $8M in addition to the guaranteed funding Newsom gave the school based on the prior years attendance levels. Do grocery workers get to do their job from home? No, if they did we wouldn't be able to get food where it's needed, just like "remote learning" isn't getting education to the children that need it.

ZeroHawk Feb 03, 2021 12:30 PM
Local Brothers Help Fund WI-FI Access During Remote Learning

schools taking care of paying your internet bill? nope! i pay $120 a month so the two kids can use ZOOM and stream, otherwise the lower services do not produce a good signal and the video is broken up and choppy.
they do not help. they do offer very small assistance from Cox, but it's for a low end tier. not what you can use for streaming. that requires a lot of bandwidth.

sacjon Feb 03, 2021 01:22 PM
Local Brothers Help Fund WI-FI Access During Remote Learning

PITMIX - no, this is all up to the parents, just like monitoring their kids' learning and supplementing zoom with outside education. This is another example of how awful the accepted "zoom learning" is. Many families are unable to afford a decent connection which then puts their kids at risk of missing out even more than they already are by not having either a decent zoom education, or being in class. What at least GUSD is doing is the bare minimum and it shows.

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