Donation Helps Close Digital Divide in Idaho

Governor Brad Little joined representatives from Blue Cross of Idaho today at Endeavor Elementary School for the announcement of a significant donation to Idaho Business for Education’s Close the Divide Campaign.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools in Idaho to start the school year with either full-time or part-time remote learning. Approximately 200,000 Idaho students across the state still need a computer to close the digital divide.

The $100,000 donation will allow Idaho Business for Education to purchase newer, more consistent brands of computers for Idaho students. IBE is a group of nearly 200 business leaders from across the state who are committed to transforming Idaho’s education system; Blue Cross of Idaho is a trustee member.

Governor Little noted that Nampa School District has led the state in our use of digital technology and blended learning, and that the Close the Divide Campaign is an attempt to bring the rest of the state up to our level. Following the presentation, Governor Little toured Endeavor Elementary School, greeting and thanking teachers for their work.