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The donation will go towards the foundation's 'Back to School: Connection and Tools' campaign.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Westview High School students gather around a table for a coding competition. With help from Intel, the Beaverton Education Foundation hopes to continue connectivity for students at home.

A Beaverton nonprofit is getting funding from Intel so students can have reliable Internet access from home.

In a press release on Monday, Aug. 10, the Beaverton Education Foundation announced that Intel will donate $20,000 toward its "Back to School: Connection and Tools" campaign. The campaign is a multi-pronged approach to make sure every student in Beaverton public schools is ready to learn, focusing first on ensuring they have reliable Internet access.

The organization first announced the initiative late last month.

"We are pleased with the community's response in just a few short days," said Kristine Baggett, executive director of the Beaverton Education Foundation.

Beaverton schools will now be 100% online through mid-November, but a set of students — 475 at the latest count — do not have reliable Internet needed to access online learning, according to the organization.

"This pandemic has validated how critical connectivity is to remote learning, and we encourage others who are able to support this campaign to contribute," said Donna Maleki, Intel's community engagement manager. "These students are our community's future leaders."

The foundation says Intel's gift will close the access gap for 80 students for the upcoming school year, considering it costs $250 a year for a WiFi hotspot and Internet access.

"Intel has been a big supporter of education in our community," said Baggett. "We are proud to be their partner to make sure students have the support they need before school resumes Sept. 14. We still have more to go, but this gift helps us get closer to our goal."

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