New Tech Helps Cortez Keep Kids in the Classroom
- Local Champion: Piñon Project
- Date Funded: September 14, 2022
- Grant Amount: $5,597
Schools in Cortez are struggling to combat high rates of student tardiness, absenteeism, and truancy—a serious problem for the educational development of children across the district. If students are consistently late or absent, they won’t move forward to the next grade. To address this issue, school staff and administrators have been working with the Piñon Project—a local nonprofit that works with kids and families—to keep students in the classroom and out of the judicial system. As part of that effort, the Piñon Project reached out to LOR for help supporting a technology solution: with LOR’s help they purchased four tablets and a subscription to the Check and Connect app, which helps Piñon Project staff keep better track of students with high absences and connect them to resources they need to stay engaged in learning.