To assist school systems with their transition to remote learning, Samsung has provided nearly $3 million to support schools across the country. Round Rock ISD received $25,000 from Samsung — money that helped provide internet access and critical supplies to students in need.

The donation was made to the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation (PIE) and earmarked specifically for needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the District transitioned to online at home course work for all students, the unexpected need for school supplies and hot spots became glaringly apparent. With the generous support from Samsung, the PIE Foundation was able to offset the cost of 4,000 at-home school supplies kits and 200 hot spots,” Marianne Reap, executive director of Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation, said. “We are sincerely grateful for their community support during this time of uncertainty.”

As a District, much work is dedicated to making sure all students have access to the tools they need to learn, whether it be in the school building or using an online platform. District leaders have spent many hours problem-solving the issue of access for Round Rock ISD’s 51,000 students.

“Samsung’s generous gift has helped us ensure our students were able to stay engaged and involved in their studies, even under challenging circumstances,” Superintendent Steve Flores, Ph.D. said. “I often tell our staff and students that we are better together, and that’s true in every way. Samsung cares about our families and our community and they are demonstrating that care by partnering to help fill a pressing need. As a community, a state and a nation, we truly are better together.”