Creating Opportunity for Students in Washington, DC

Young Hendley Elementary pupils

Young Hendley Elementary pupils

Technology can be a double-edged sword. It has advanced society and connected the world in ways that were unimaginable when I was growing up; however, it can also increase existing inequalities between rich and poor. This digital divide is especially evident among children in low-income school districts, where limited access to technology can impede academic performance and hinder students from learning technical skills that are essential to compete in today’s economy.

One of these schools, Hendley Elementary School in Southeast Washington, DC, holds a special place in my heart. The school serves 450 children, many of whom live in nearby low-income communities like Atlantic Apartment Homes – two apartment communities for 750 low-income residents that WinnCompanies has owned since 1982.

Earlier this month, the Winn Family Charitable Foundation donated 20 laptops to Hendley Elementary School, which will bring the student-to-computer ratio to 2.5:1. These computers will allow students to keep up with school assignments, participate in online learning tutorials and practice taking tests online.

Hendley Principal Dr. Sundai M. Riggins poses with the school’s all-female robotics team, the SparkleBots.

Hendley Principal Dr. Sundai M. Riggins poses with the school’s all-female robotics team, the SparkleBots.