DOUGLAS — Cox Communications recently provided free laptop computers to 30 students and their families at Sarah Marley elementary.

“We at Cox thank the administrators, teachers and families at Sarah Marley Elementary School for joining us in our ongoing commitment to help connect kids so they can learn from home,” said Lisa Lovallo, Southern Arizona Market Vice President, Cox Communications. “The way children learn has changed and as K-12 schools continue to provide education online, we don’t want to see any kid get left behind just because a computer and an internet connection in the home is financially out of reach.”

Henry Jones, the principal at Sarah Marley said he is extremely grateful to Cox Communications for the donation.

“The IT department here at DUSD got in touch with me about this program about a month ago,” Jones said. “I’m not sure how the school was selected but we were happy to receive the help. We had a lot of students who, even though the district passed out almost a couple thousand computers, were still working from their phones and tablets, and in many cases they weren’t working properly. We were asked to identify 25 students who were having issues with not having a laptop, we sent out a message asking parents to sign up and when we still had computers after that the teachers made contact with the parents of students who they saw were having issues. Cox had an income form that the parents filled out along with some other data, and then they came by last week and passed out the computers. It was a great help to the families, and the community as a whole and we are very grateful.”

Cox also just announced an extension of free internet for two months for all qualified students and their families that sign up for Connect2Compete between now and December 31.

Plus, Cox will continue to keep its 900 Southern Arizona WiFi hotspots open to anyone for free and will continue to suspend late fees and extend payment flexibility to Connect2Compete customers through June 2021 when they contact Cox and let the company know they are impacted by the pandemic.