City of Racine helping kids, families with technology for distance learning |

City of Racine helping kids, families with technology for distance learning

Devin Martin
Updated: January 02, 2021 07:32 PM
Created: January 02, 2021 07:28 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Distance learning has been tough for many kids and families.  

Now 10 months into the pandemic, many still don't have access to technology like laptops or IPads. But one small city in Mower County named Racine is giving students the help they need. 

"I can't believe the technology and how they're doing this with COVID, but I’m glad they have something to keep the learning going,” Racine Mayor Deri Nordsving said. 

Saturday at Racine City Hall, Mayor Nordsving gave out nearly a dozen IPads to preschool through second-grade students in the area. 

It was all made possible through federal CARES Act money the city received, which was over $33,000. Nearly $6,000 of that went to these IPads.
“It helps our upcoming generation learn. The school has IPads but they didn’t have them for the younger kids so that's why we decided to purchase them as a council,” Mayor Nordsving said.

Harla Nelson is a city council member who has two kids. A preschooler and a first-grader at Bonner Elementary School that received IPads. She says she's grateful for the help and that distance learning has been difficult for her kids. 

"This will help out immensely. She’ll be able to put all of her apps together. It will just coordinate everything together,” Nelson said.

Nelson also said approving the IPads for students was an easy decision. 

“Kids come first and as long as it helps the families, mom, and dad. We just want them to continue normally with their routine of education,” Nelson said. 

The Racine city council allocated their other CARES act funding to improve city hall and provided funds to the Racine food shelf. 

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