Closing the connectivity gap for CMS students during the COVID-19 crisis


Addressing an urgent need

In this time of crisis, we’re stepping up to support our district’s students and families

As students across the nation engage in remote learning, it has never been more important to have reliable internet service at home.  Unfortunately, thousands of students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools do not have home internet access. This creates an urgency in our community to ensure that every student, regardless of economic circumstance, has access to education this school year.

Following the school closures in March, the CMS Foundation raised more than $1 million to purchase 6,000 mobile hotspots for students without home internet. Now at the start of a new school year, an estimated 16,000 households with CMS students still lack home connectivity.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has deployed more than 116,000 laptops and iPads to equip students with remote learning tools during this crisis. As the district’s nonprofit partner, the CMS Foundation is now asking our community to “Connect for Tech” and close the connectivity gap. Access to education should not be a privilege, and every child in Charlotte-Mecklenburg should have the opportunity to engage in remote learning regardless of financial circumstances.


THE GOAL: $3.2MM to close the access gap

With an investment of nearly $1 million from CMS to purchase 16,000 hotspot devices, our goal is to raise $3.2 million to provide 12 months of internet service for every household with a CMS student receiving a device. This will ensure that each student in our school district has the opportunity to engage in remote learning and access the resources they need during the COVID-19 crisis. 

School buildings are closed, but access to learning doesn’t have to be.

make an impact today

A gift of $200 covers the cost of one year of internet service for a household with one or more CMS students in need of this support. Every contribution makes a difference.

 You can donate here or text “GIVETECH” to 44-321. 

Donations can also be sent by mail to 4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd., Suite 100 | Charlotte, NC 28217


Donations will be used to meet the connectivity needs of students across our entire school district. Donors are welcomed to make contributions in honor of individual schools. Just tell us the school name and we’ll let them know that you’ve donated.


Teachers and students are finding creative ways to stay connected and continue learning while school buildings are closed. In June, we hosted a special virtual event to highlight the critical role of technology and the impact of donor support during the ongoing pandemic. Watch below!