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IBE closes internet divide to tune of $260,000

| May 29, 2020 1:00 AM

Idaho Business for Education announced this week that several Idaho companies, foundations and individual Idahoans have committed more than $260,000 to an Internet for Students Emergency Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation.

“IBE is so grateful to all the businesses, foundations and individuals who have donated to our Internet for Students Emergency Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation,” said IBE President and CEO Rod Gramer. “These generous donations will help us provide connectivity to thousands of students across Idaho who don’t have internet services at home. We hope this fund can play a significant role in helping Idaho 'Close the Divide' between students who have computers and internet at home and those who do not. All Idaho students deserve to have an equal opportunity to learn. Every student matters.”

Karen Bilowith, president and CEO of the Idaho Community Foundation, said one of the Idaho Community Foundation's areas of impact is education.

"We are so proud to assist IBE with the Internet for Students Emergency Fund," she said. "An impressive amount has been raised for the fund, which is a wonderful demonstration of Idahoans' generosity and willingness to help our neighbors in need."