COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting under-resourced students in the St. Louis region.
The Federal Communications Commission reports that approximately 21.3 million Americans lack broadband access. For many low-income families, online learning is simply not an option. The result is a digital divide: students already struggling to meet grade-level expectations under normal circumstances fall even further behind during school closures.
For over 50 years, Springboard to Learning has been using arts and culture to transform student learning, with a special focus on those most in need. Though COVID-19 poses an unprecedented challenge, we believe in the transformative power of arts and education now more than ever, and envision a future where all children are passionate, engaged learners who experience success.
The decisions we make in this moment will have long-term consequences. That’s why, looking toward the future, we ask for your immediate support.
Due to school closings, 179 Springboard to Learning programs have been postponed or canceled, impacting over 12,000 students at 65 schools and community venues. We are actively exploring ways to bridge the digital divide and reach St. Louis’ most under-resourced students with active learning opportunities during this crisis. A donation today allows us to partner with Teaching Artists, parents, schools, and the community to find immediate solutions
We believe the future depends on the support of our community, as well as the support we offer to our community. Together, we can ensure that our students, educators, and families have the access they need to succeed, both now and in the future.
We look forward with hope, with inspiration, and with compassion.
From our family to yours,
Springboard to Learning