JAMESTOWN – It might be Christmas break for students at Jamestown Public Schools, but that isn’t stopping one of the area’s largest car dealers with helping them stay connected.
Shults Auto Group recently donated 50 mobile hotspots for students in the Jamestown area.
School leaders say the hot spots will help students who are studying at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and may be without reliable Internet.
“We are extremely grateful to Shults Auto Group for helping us to ensure that all students can stay connected to school when learning at home,” said Jessie Joy, JPS’ Chief Information Officer. “We know that changing financial circumstances may make it difficult for all families to maintain wireless Internet, which creates a digital divide for students who cannot access their lessons and assignments when learning remotely. This generous donation will help us to reach even more students who don’t currently have home Internet access.” Ms. Joy encourages families that do not currently have home Internet access to reach out directly to their child’s principal to request the loan of a wireless hotspot.
Shults Auto Group leaders say they understand the stress this pandemic has caused so many in the local community, especially those who need to have reliable high-speed Internet to complete their coursework.
“We’re providing these mobile hotspots to Jamestown area students in need during the Covid-19 pandemic to make distance learning more accessible,” said Tim Shults, President of Shults Auto Group. “The hotspots will come with pre-paid data that should last for six (6) months or so and will be distributed to area schools in the upcoming week. We’ve been able to work through this pandemic together, supporting each other and local businesses, this is just one way we feel we can make a difference to help ease the stress the pandemic has caused.”
The Shults Auto Group is the largest auto group in the Southern tier. With over 400 employees, Shults Auto Group has 10 different dealerships carrying 15 different makes and 2 pre-owned resale centers.
Shults Auto Group takes pride in being extremely involved in the communities where they are located through the Shults Heroes Initiative, for more information about becoming a Shults Heroes Partner visit shultsauto.com/become-a-shults-hero-partner.htm.