NAMPA, Idaho — Blue Cross of Idaho announced a $100,000 donation Thursday to Idaho Business for Education (IBE) to support the Close the Divide campaign.
"These kids that we're trying to help are kids that are economically disadvantaged," said IBE President and CEO Rod Gramer. "Their families cannot afford a computer, they cannot afford internet, things that many of us take for granted, so this money, this donation will help us provide those services to these kids who need them so badly."
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools in Idaho to hold remote learning to start the school year. Approximately 200,000 Idaho students need a computer to close the digital divide, so they are ready for the first day of school.
“Blue Cross of Idaho is pleased to contribute to Idaho Business for Education’s Close the Divide campaign and invest in Idaho’s children,” said Charlene Maher, President and CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho. “The COVID-19 pandemic brought challenges to Idaho’s schools, but they adapted to keep teachers and children connected to their classroom. Our support for Idaho Business for Education’s Close the Divide Campaign ensures the next generation of Idaho leaders can continue learning from home until the pandemic slows.”
The cash donation from Blue Cross of Idaho allows Idaho Business for Education to purchase newer, more consistent brands of computers for Idaho students.