With Hillsborough County Schools beginning today with eLearning (and transitioning to choice next week), now more than ever, students need access to laptops and Ipads. For many, it's a struggle. The onset of the pandemic and virtual school brought a whole new set of challenges for many students that don't have personal computer devices or even reliable internet service at home. 

To help, Tampa Bay WaVE has partnered with Think Big for KidsBoys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay and ECycle to get the necessary electronics in the hands of students. Linda Olson, CEO & President at the WaVe says, "We believe local youth are the future of Tampa Bay, so it's imperative that the community pulls together to help all kids forced to deal with the current e-learning challenges, especially for struggling families who cannot provide devices for every child in the home.  Our goal is to ensure no child is left behind; to make sure every single local school-age child has the tools they need to succeed.'' 

A drop off event will be held next week, September 1-3 from 12-7 p.m. in the lobby of the WaVE offices at 500 East Kennedy Blvd in Downtown Tampa. For more information, contact Heather McMillian, Senior Operations Manager at  hmcmillan@tampabaywave.org