FORSYTH COUNTY -- For the fourth year in a row, the Morrow Community Foundation is funding the Forsyth County Schools Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT, program.
Jim and Peggie Morrow, who own Morrow Family Medicine in Cumming, presented a check to the Forsyth County Board of Education at a public meeting Thursday for $46,500 to go toward providing internet access and hotspot devices to students in need.
“It’s an honor to be able to do this again,” Jim Morrow said. “This is the fourth year we’ve been able to raise money for kids who don’t have internet.”
“We started this charity and hold fundraisers to give money to the Forsyth County Schools to provide students [with] internet access,” Peggie Morrow previously told the Forsyth County News.
When they first started, she said, more than 1,000 students were without internet access.
And though the foundation has reached about 400 homes, 600 families in the county with school-aged children are still in need, she said.
“With this check tonight, it will total us up to $174,000,” Jim Morrow said. “That’s pretty good considering when we sat at the table playing cards, we thought we might make $3,000.”
“I’d like to say on the behalf of Forsyth County Schools,” Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden said. “The work of the foundation provides wireless [internet] and laptops, iPads, whatever kids need and we so appreciate it.”