WDIO interviews Bernadine Joselyn on the new ConnectedMN initiative…
Bernadine Joselyn is with the Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, the state’s largest rural-based philanthropy.
“Truly, the silver lining in the work from COVID-19 is that it has shown a huge light on the inequities at the heart of our public education system,” she said.
It’s led to an initiative called ConnectedMN.
The Blandin Foundation, along with private companies like Best Buy and Comcast, along with the state, are stepping in donating and raising money to help.
“Part of what we hope to do is invest in immediate needs and invest in longer-term solutions,” Joselyn said.
At Hibbing High School, some of those immediate needs this spring were hotspots for internet access.
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The hotspots were what saved us the most with letting kids get on for their distance-learning,” said Hibbing High School Principal Mike Finco.