1,000 East Baton Rouge School System families to receive 6 months of free internet


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Local nonprofit “Every Kid a King,” founded by Dana and Jim Bernhard, has partnered with the Leadership Louisiana Institute to provide six months of free Internet service for 1,000 East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) families.

Free internet will be offered through Cox Communication’s Connect2Compete program, as an effort to support the immediate needs of disadvantaged students for distance learning purposes, according to EBRPSS.

Families will be granted the offer on a first-come, first-serve basis and if interested, should complete an online form, hosted by EBRPSS. Those who receive the service should be prepared to self-install the internet kit, however assistance will be provided via telephone from Cox Communications.

This opportunity comes after schools closed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. EBRPSS schools have been ordered by Governor John Bel Edwards to utilize online and paper packet resources outside of the classroom for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

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