Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) committed $150,000 to assist the Clark County School District (CCSD) in the purchase of Chromebooks for students. The need has been demonstrated since school closures were mandated by Governor Steve Sisolak due to COVID-19 social distancing recommendations.
The Chromebooks will help give students across Clark County access to distance learning opportunities and the ability to continue their studies while the school closure is still in effect. The contribution will provide Chromebooks to over 1,500 students who otherwise may not have the necessary hardware to connect with their teachers during this time.
“We learned about the need for students to have access to Chromebooks and other devices and felt compelled to act quickly and in concert with CCSD as one of our primary partners,” notes Scott Arkills, President and CEO of SSSCU. “The Executive Team and Board of Directors of SSSCU felt it was imperative that we do what we could as an organization to help bridge the digital divide with remote learning options for students across CCSD. In these uncertain times, students need some stability and we hope the contribution for the purchase of these devices does just that.”
Early on into the mandated statewide school closure, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara made the call to local businesses to help address the need of Chromebooks. The school district noted it would be unable to guarantee that the district could deliver a quality education to all of its 320,000 students due to an unequal access to technology.
“Silver State Schools Credit Union continues to be a valuable education partner for CCSD and a tremendous example for our entire community,” CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara said. “I want to thank President and CEO Scott Arkills for the donation that will help provide devices to students and close the digital divide.”
“As a teacher, I know there is a great need for students to access technology. I’m so proud to be a part of an organization who quickly stepped in to help,” said Teresa Yeoman, SSSCU Board Chair. “The Chromebooks will allow students opportunities to learn and engage with their teachers, lessening the worry of an educational slide during this crisis.”
About Silver State Schools Credit Union
Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU), founded in 1951, is a state-chartered financial co-operative. The Credit Union serves over 55,000 members of the educational community and their families in Nevada with nine branches throughout the Las Vegas Valley. SSSCU provides “Excellent Member Service and Financial Solutions – for Life!” via a wide range of banking products, discounts, and resources. By members’ choice, member shares and deposits are insured by American Share Insurance up to $250,000 per account. This institution is not federally insured. For more information, visit silverstatecu.com.