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News Release
Gresham-Barlow School District Joins Verizon Innovative Learning to Bring Distance Learning Resources to Local Middle Schools - 09/10/20


Device Distribution for Friday, September 11, 2020 has been canceled due to poor air quality.

If a decision is made to cancel Monday's distribution, an announcement will be released.


Due to poor air quality conditions because of the region's wildfires, the device distribution scheduled for Thursday, September 10 is canceled.

Friday's Device Distribution for September 11 will take place at a NEW TIME: 11 am to 6 pm.

Device Distribution will also occur on Monday, September 14 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Students and teachers will receive 24/7 internet access, tablets and technology-based education resources

In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning welcomes two schools in the Gresham-Barlow School District for the 2020-2021 school year

WHAT: On Thursday September 10, two Portland-area middle schools will join the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative, a program that fosters digital inclusion by ensuring the benefits of technology are realized by all.  It’s a key part of our goal to help move the world forward for all through our Citizen Verizon plan. Verizon, through the Verizon Innovative Learning program and in partnership with Digital Promise, provides free technology, free internet access, and experiential learning experiences to help give under-resourced students the technology, education, and opportunity they deserve. Being part of the program will keep students connected while helping to facilitate distance learning from home, the classroom, or in blended learning models. 

Powered by a next-gen, technology-infused education, Verizon Innovative Learning is giving more students and more schools the ability to achieve, learn and create more. Teachers in Verizon Innovative Learning have reported that the initiative allows for more individualized instruction and have experienced enhanced student engagement. Students are reporting that having technology helps facilitate assignments and improve their confidence in the things they can do.* Since 2012, the Verizon Innovative Learning program has provided over $535 million in market value to support STEM education, helping students enhance their learning by infusing technology into the school’s curriculum.

The market value of the Verizon Innovative Learning program’s donation in the Gresham-Barlow School District is on average over $1.8 million per school, including 1,300 devices.

Dexter McCarty Middle School and Clear Creek Middle School are among 110 new schools joining Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2020-21 school year, bringing the program to over 260 middle schools nationwide. To celebrate Gresham-Barlow School District’s participation in the program, a kick-off initiative will provide local middle school students with their own tablets.

*    Dexter McCarty Middle School, 1400 SE 5th St, Gresham, OR 97080
*    Thursday, September 10, 2020; 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
*    Friday, September 11, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
*    Dexter McCarty Middle School staff and parents of students receiving new tablets

*    Clear Creek Middle School, 219 NE 219th Ave, Gresham, OR 97080
*    Thursday, September 10, 2020; 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
*    Friday, September 11, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
*    Clear Creek Middle School staff and parents of students receiving new tablets

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* 85% of teachers said Verizon Innovative Learning allowed for more individualized instruction
* 78% of teachers said that Verizon Innovative Learning enhanced student engagement
* 59% of students believe assignments are easier when using a tablet
* 54% of students believe that having the technology improved their confidence in the things they can do

*Source: Westat (2019).Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Survey Result Dashboard Dec 2019

About Verizon Innovative Learning
Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon's education initiative targeting Title 1 middle schools, addresses barriers to digital inclusion. The program provides free 1:1 devices, free internet access and a technology-driven curriculum with the goal to transform the learning experience. Through exposure to cutting-edge technology, the program enables students to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to build an innovative workforce of the future. Since 2012, Verizon Innovative Learning has committed a total of $535 million in STEM education efforts in support of digital inclusion. In 2019, Verizon launched its first 5G-enabled Verizon Innovative Learning classroom, with the goal of 100 by 2021. For more information visit or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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