When Caldwell School District closed its schools in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Janeth Calderon was left with little more than her own cellphone’s hotspot to teach her four children.

“It’s been challenging,” Calderon said.

But thanks to efforts within the school district, and a program through Idaho Business for Education, Calderon’s family now has two laptops she can use to educate her children while schools are closed.

Idaho Business for Education, a nonprofit group comprised of hundreds of businesses dedicated to transforming Idaho’s education system, launched a statewide initiative called the Community Activation Project to collect used computer devices to donate to Idaho school districts, and to partner with internet companies to provide hotspots for families without internet access.

Idaho Business for Education will accept laptops, tablets, desktops and any other devices that can connect schools to students, according to its website. The nonprofit is also looking for donations of keyboards, power cords and computer mouses.

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