BATON ROUGE, La. - At least 500 East Baton Rouge Parish students have received iPads as part of the new “BRidging the Gap” initiative.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System partnered with 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge for the initiative. They hope the technology will help bridge the literacy and technology gap for underserved students.
“The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge are truly excited to work alongside our local school district,” said Michael Adams, president and chairman of the organization. “We are committed to providing resources and leading the conversation toward solving a component of literacy that is affected due to technological barriers.”
In addition to the technology aspect of the initiative, the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge will offer mentoring opportunities to Baton Rouge area students.
“We are thrilled to launch this initiative to support our students as we work to remove barriers to learning through Apple products and mentorship from 100 Black Men,” said EBR Schools Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse. “This access to creativity, learning tools, and mentorship will undoubtedly prove beneficial to our students as we tackle the digital divide that affects learning head-on.”