St. Louis County Library Provides Hotspots to Ritenour High School Students for 2019-2020 School Year
St. Louis County Library has created a new pilot program that will allow students at Ritenour High School to borrow Wi-Fi hotspots for the 2019-1020 school year. The program is made possible by a $35,000 gift from Emerson.
Representatives from the St. Louis County Library gave out the hotspots and shared tips with the first group of Ritenour High School students on how to best use them on Sept. 5. Up to 100 students who do not have access to Wi-Fi in their homes will be eligible for the hotspots.
Ritenour Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride said, "We sincerely thank Emerson and the St. Louis County Library for providing our students with Wi-Fi hotspots at part of this pilot program. All of our high school students receive a Chromebook to use throughout the school year as part of our 1:1 Technology Revolution initiative. The Wi-Fi hotspots will allow our students access the internet away from our campus and help them succeed in school as they prepare for an exciting future."
Dave Rabe, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Emerson, said, “We are proud to support St. Louis County Library on a project that positively impacts students in our region. By addressing the digital divide, we are providing important infrastructure for our community."
Kristen Sorth, director of the St. Louis County Library, said, "Reliable internet access is essential for students to do research and complete assignments. Providing students with Wi-Fi access will give them the tools they need to be successful in school. We are grateful to Emerson for their support."
Wi-Fi hotspots will allow Ritenour High students to access resources on the internet at any time to complete school assignments, including information from the Library’s subscription databases and other electronic resources available through the SLCL website.
The students receiving SLCL hotspots will be selected by Ritenour's Student Services Office. Although all Ritenour High students are issued Chromebooks by the school, not all have access to Wi-Fi at home. Eligible students will use their SLCL library card to check out the hotspots.
The Ritenour School District was chosen for the pilot project based on community need. All Ritenour students receive free breakfast and lunch. St. Louis County Library has a long-standing relationship with Ritenour, spanning decades, and including special projects, bookmobile visits, and visits to classrooms as part of the Gift of Reading program.