Dohn 2020 Technology Campaign reflects the need to equip Dohn students with the technology to stay current with learning and gain the use of technology experience that is a critical skillset for the workforce. Our direct request letter follows. If you have the capacity, we appreciate any amount you can give in helping to provide access to technology for Dohn students.
Here is one way the crisis impacts us: When Dohn Community High School doors closed on March 16, due to COVID-19, it took us one week to set up online learning. The challenge is that 98% of our 1,000 students live at or below the poverty line. Most of our students do not have computers at home or internet access. While we had the virtual classrooms set up, the students could not access the class.
Kamiyah Scott, a junior, was one of the students without home access to technology. She tried to access the online classroom using her phone, and that was difficult. And, she had trouble reading the assignments on her phone. The limitations of working on a phone also meant that she missed out on the virtual classroom connection with teachers and her peers. Using the phone as a classroom device made it hard to ask questions or participate in classroom discussions.
Dohn had one laptop with internet access that we were able to loan to Kamiyah. This setup helped her stay on track as an A student, and keep the connection with her peers, a critical part of teen learning.
Kamiyah Scott is a Dohn superstar. She is on the Student Council and is a source of inspiration for her peers. Her family values the role of education. Kamiyah’s career goals are concrete and visionary. Her first stop after high school is electrician school, and from there, she will apply to the fire department. Kamiyah is a vibrant young woman, full of potential.
Please help us keep Dohn’s educational success going. Dohn 2020 Technology Campaign aims to raise $159,500.00 by June 30, 2020. A $957.00 donation covers the costs of a refurbished laptop and internet access for three students. The per-student cost is $319.00. The June 30 deadline relates to a price increase that occurs after that date.
Just as the shutdown happened, the University of Cincinnati Economics Center published The Economic Impact and Benefit-Cost Analysis of Dohn Community High School. This study documents that for every dollar spent on education at Dohn, the Greater Cincinnati region receives $3.79 per graduate, in return, five years after graduation. Dohn and our graduates have a positive impact on the region.
Online learning is part of the new normal, even when school doors reopen. Also, access to technology provides the critical skillsets needed for the 21st-century job market.
With 98% of our students living at or below the poverty line, a reasonable donor concern is: “What happens if the student does not return the computer.” We want you to know that each device has an app that tracks the device, as well as restricts access to specific websites.
A generous, anonymous donation of $25,000, from a concerned Cincinnati family foundation, provides a great start to this campaign. If you can, please join us! Let’s keep Kamiyah engaged in education and career planning. Kamiyah benefits, her family benefits, and Cincinnati benefits.
Dohn Community High School, Executive Director