picture of new Chromebooks delivered to HS

In a move to upgrade essential hardware, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School (GDRHS) proudly announces its second Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) grant. Valued at $185,500, this grant acquired 700 Google Chromebooks, solidifying the school's commitment to cutting-edge technology for GDRHS students.

Dr. Luke Callahan, Director of Technology & Learning at Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, emphasizes the transformative impact of the ECF grant: "This grant is vital for sustaining our ongoing technology replacement cycle, ensuring high schoolers have access to new Chromebooks that foster personalized and innovative learning environments.” 

The ECF program, a $7.171 billion initiative by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), aids schools and libraries in overcoming challenges from the initial COVID-19 pandemic. This marks the second consecutive ECF grant for the district, following last year's $106,000 grant for Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School.

Covering a range of tools for remote learning, including laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity, the ECF Program ensures inclusivity and technological advancement for students and educators. Joseph Bisbee, Systems Administrator at GDRSD, highlights the impact on students: "This grant opens avenues for learning, providing necessary tools for excelling in the digital age. The 700 new Chromebooks will be a game-changer, reducing access barriers and enhancing the overall high school educational experience."

The Emergency Connectivity Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, demonstrates Congress's commitment to empowering educational institutions amidst pandemic challenges.

With this latest ECF grant, Groton-Dunstable Regional High School continues to pursue the necessary hardware and infrastructure to foster a resilient and adaptive learning environment. As noted by Callahan and Bisbee, these resources will empower students and GDRHS staff, paving the way for a future where quality education knows no bounds!