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Lockheed Martin Supports LCSD Distance Learning

Friday, May 1, 2020

With schools across New York State closed sincePhoto of a mifi hotspot. mid-March, student learning has taken on a new look. For Liverpool Central School District students, that means take-home packets as well as online learning through applications like Google Hangouts or Google Meetings.

While this transition was easier for some students, not all LCSD families have access to the Internet at home. Hearing this, Lockheed Martin reached out to LCSD Director of Technology Daniel Farsaci offering to assist the district with its distance learning efforts.

With the help of a $7,600 grant from Lockheed Martin, the district was able to purchase 100 mi-fi hotspots along with 100 two-month subscriptions for Internet service. These mi-fi hotspots are in the process of being distributed to LCSD families that shared with the district that they could not participate in online learning at home.

The mi-fi hotspots have built in filtering software just like the district’s Chromebooks to provide students with a safe Internet experience, and subscriptions can be extended as the school closure continues.

“We see firsthand the hard work by our local nonprofits that are trying to meet the growing demand for food, financial assistance and countless other resources,” said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of radar and sensor systems and general manager of Lockheed Martin Syracuse. “Lockheed Martin is proud to do our part to assist our communities and our country during this period of national crisis. 

“We are pleased that our donation to the Liverpool Central School District will enable the district to better serve our community during the global fight against COVID-19,” Smith added.

“We are so grateful for Lockheed Martin’s support of our families,” said LCSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark F. Potter. “Their generosity will allow us to continue to connect with and teach our students during this difficult time.”

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