Browns donate $350,000 to close digital divide in poverty-stricken East Cleveland schools


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Football briefly took a backseat for the Cleveland Browns on Friday morning. 

Rather than kick off their day with their typical planning meeting for the final practice leading up to Sunday’s game, coach Kevin Stefanski and his players carried out a more pressing mission: continuing their fight for social justice in their community. More specifically, the Browns took steps toward eliminating the digital divide that has placed students in the East Cleveland City Schools district at a severe educational disadvantage.

The Browns held a Zoom call with administrators, educators and students to inform them that they are donating $350,000 to East Cleveland’s schools to better equip students for virtual learning. The funds will purchase 325 Chromebooks for students, improve internet connections for 500 families, provide 200 hotspots for others, and get five teachers Dolby voice room kits, plus additional educational tools. 

“We’ve heard a lot about the digital divide and how difficult it’s been for students to…

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