WiFi now provided on school buses for Pelion students

Pelion Middle students utilize the new WiFi on their school bus. Photos provided.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman along with Google hosted an event in Pelion Monday to celebrate the launch of Google’s Rolling Study Halls program. The initiative is bringing Wi-Fi to students with long commutes to and from school, and is being implemented in 16 communities across the country.

Google provides each of the districts with Wi-Fi (on the buses), computers, and onboard educators for the buses. According to the announcement, the program helps students reclaim more than 1.5 million hours of learning time that would otherwise be lost during the long bus commutes.

Spearman announced the program’s arrival at Pelion Middle School.  “We are excited that Google has partnered with Lexington School District One to bring the Rolling Study Hall program to students in Pelion,” she said “This program acts as an extended classroom and helps promote student achievement while students are still on the bus going to and from school each day.” The WiFi buses will be available for students at Pelion Middle and High schools.

Google spokesperson Alex Sanchez said they were thrilled to have Spearman join them in Lexington to celebrate the program.  “It’s important for students everywhere to have access to the tools they need to learn every day.”

According to American Enterprise Institute, one of four American students is educated in a school defined as rural, meaning more than 10 million students may not have reliable access to an internet connection at home for schoolwork.

Rolling Study Halls is part of Grow with Google, a new initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans. The program aims to give people across the country resources to grow their skills, careers and businesses by offering free tools, training, and events.

To learn more about Rolling Study Halls, visit HERE.

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