Updated: May 13
BATON ROUGE – Today, Cox Communications and ExxonMobil Baton Rouge announced they’re joining forces with several non-profit organizations to provide technology to support student learning from home in East Baton Rouge Parish. Both companies are providing $15,000, for a total of $30,000, in grant funding to The Walls Project, which collaborated with 100 Black Men, Metromorphosis, Front Yard Bikes, and Southern University’s Upward Bound program to identify students and families in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System who needed technology to help them more effectively learn from home.
“The consistent education of our children is of upmost importance, especially in times of uncertainty. We are proud to partner with others in offering our support to the families and teachers of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as they continue to grow our community’s young minds during this challenging time,”
said ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Plastics Plant Manager Angela Zeringue.
Representatives from The Walls Project’s Futures Fund coding program will work with the other non-profit organizations to facilitate the distribution of computers to pre-identified children.
“We’re confident computer hardware, combined with our Connect2Compete program will be helpful to low-income children in our community,” explained Anthony Pope, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications. Pope continued, “Cox will continue to focus on our customers with the greatest need to ensure they have the tools necessary to close the digital divide.”
Cox previously announced the expansion of its Connect2Compete program which provides low-cost high-speed internet to qualified households for $9.95 per month.
Parents who’ve been notified their children will be receiving computer hardware expressed gratitude to Cox, ExxonMobil, and their non-profit partners in this initiative.
“As a parent, you always want the best for your family and at this time, everyone is facing some type of challenge to ensure they continue to provide the best for their families. Receiving this laptop is not just a gift, but it is a blessing, a lifeline and confidence that my sons can continue with their educational needs to enhance their educational experiences and requirements to secure their futures,”
explained Marissa Gremillion, whose son will receive technology from this partnership.