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ATB donates $100,000 to get laptops to students in need

In partnership with the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, 412 new Chromebooks were distributed to students at 23 schools across the province

By Adam Rozenhart 20 April 2021 2 min read

A photo of students at Wilson Middle School in Lethbridge receiving their laptop donation.

When the pandemic hit and schools in Alberta went virtual, it was a challenge for many families.

For some, it meant siblings living under the same roof sharing computers so they could attend their classes. Some kids opted to use their phones to connect to their frequent zoom calls. Others had to borrow laptops and chromebooks from their schools to fulfill their technology needs.

“The pandemic revealed a gap in access to technology for students across the province,” said Chett Matchett, associate vice-president of strategy, operations and social economics. It’s a gap that ATB wanted to help fill.

“We believe Albertans deserve reliable and equitable access to technology. It’s one of the tools people need to participate in school, society and the economy at large,” added Matchett.

ATB approached United Way of the Alberta Capital Region with the need to get technology to more students. With a donation from ATB of $100,000, United Way regions across the province identified the highest needs in their communities, and facilitated the purchase and distribution of 412 Chromebook laptops that went to students at 23 schools across Alberta.

“We’ve heard some tremendous stories about the impact getting Chromebooks has had on students and their families' lives. Because of donations like ATB’s, families will not only be able to make sure their kids continue their schooling but can also access online resources and benefits,” said Rob Yager, President and CEO United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

“Schools provide many supports for students and families outside of education — including food, mental health and family supports — and now these important connections and relationships can continue even through a pandemic.”

ATB has received thank-you letters and messages from across Alberta for the Chromebook donations. President and CEO Curtis Stange said he was happy that the gesture will make a difference.

“Access to technology is something many of us may take for granted, but there are Albertans who don’t have access to the same opportunities because they don’t have reliable access to digital tools like laptops to do school work from home,” he said.

“ATB is committed to contributing to the greater good of this incredible province, and this donation is just one way we aim to improve the wellbeing of Albertans,” Stange added. “I’m proud ATB was able to help and make this possible for students in the province.”

Laptop delivery began the week of April 5.

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