On August 5, four Treasure Valley Family YMCA facilities will be receiving sites for donations of laptops for Close the Divide Day hosted by Idaho Business for Education (IBE). Close the Divide Day is a community-wide effort aimed at collecting spare laptops from businesses and the public to donate to the nearly 200,000 Idaho students without devices. Donations sites will be open between 8 am and 5 pm on Wednesday, August 5 at the following locations.
- Downtown Boise YMCA – 1050 W State St. Boise ID 83702
- Caldwell YMCA – 3720 S Indiana Ave, Caldwell ID 83605
- South Meridian YMCA – 5155 S Hillsdale Ave, Meridian ID 83642
- West Boise YMCA & Boise City Aquatic Center – 5959 N Discovery Way, Boise ID 83713
A survey by the State Board of Education of local school districts shows that nearly 200,000 students do not have a computer at home, and at least 30,000 do not have internet access.
“The Y is proud to be a part of the Idaho Business for Education effort to Close the Divide which will provide much-needed computers and internet service to students who do not have these learning tools at home,” said David Duro, President and CEO, Treasure Valley Family YMCA. “It is vital to the future of our community that all students are provided with equal opportunity and access to learning for the 2020-21 school year.”