Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Contact: John Sasaki
Communications Director

First Major Device Distribution Event of the #OaklandUndivided Campaign on Monday, August 17 was "Life-Changing" for Hundreds of OUSD Students

Oakland, CA -- On Monday, August 17, Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf visited the campus of three co-located schools, Futures Elementary, Community United Elementary and Coliseum College Prep Academy to help hand out a portion of the Chromebooks and T-Mobile Hotspots that are being distributed in the #OaklandUndivided Campaign. While some computers and internet access have been distributed over the past several weeks to ensure all OUSD students can access the internet at home, this was the first major distribution event since the 25,000 Chromebooks ordered by the campaign in early June started arriving in Oakland.
The #OaklandUndivided Campaign is a collaboration between OUSD, the City of Oakland and Mayor Libby Schaaf, Tech Exchange, the Oakland Public Education Fund, and Oakland Promise. The goal is to raise enough money to give a computer to every student in District-run and charter schools who need technology at home and qualify for the program. Within days of the campaign beginning, it had raised $12.5 million from Twitter and Square CEO, Jack Dorsey and Zynga founder, Mark Pincus, among others. That was enough to outfit all students in need with a Chromebook, a hotspot courtesy of T-Mobile, and to supply them with tech support.
Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell handed out Chromebooks to students and families.
This was a soft launch of the distribution effort, and it happened two weeks earlier than expected. At this event, some 300 students received the devices. It’s important to note that our students get to keep these computers throughout their entire educational careers. The mission of the #OaklandUndivided Campaign is to close the digital divide once and for all. That means creating an environment in which all Oakland public school students have computers and internet access at home.

“Here in the 21st century, students cannot fully access their education unless they have a computer and the internet at home,” said Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “Many of our families are able to give their students these critical tools, while many families don’t have enough resources. When students cannot fully access their education at home, they are at a disadvantage. We deeply appreciate this partnership, and all the remarkable supporters who helped make this plan to close the digital divide a reality. Monday was a life-changing day for hundreds of OUSD students.”
“We are on a mission to make Oakland a national model on how to close the digital divide and close the education gap,” Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) said. “Every family, every resident, and every child in Oakland deserves access to consistent internet and computer devices. We are rallying as a community to provide these essential services for our most vulnerable residents, and I am grateful for every donation and to every community organization who has joined us in this historic effort.”

The effort to get new devices into the hands of all students who need them in District-run and charter schools is expected to pick up speed in the coming weeks as more of the 25,000 computers are delivered to Oakland.
About the Oakland Unified School District
In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” More than half of our students speak a non-English language at home. And each of our 81 schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. We are committed to preparing all students for college, career and community success. 

To learn more about OUSD’s Full Service Community District focused on academic achievement while serving the whole child in safe schools, please visit OUSD.org and follow us @OUSDnews.

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