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Google's Rolling Study Hall Program Set Up High-Tech Ride For Berkeley Students [VIDEO]


Innovation in education helps develop future leaders. Tech giant Google has invested nearly $180,000 for the "Rolling Study Hall" initiative, which aims to provide Wi-Fi on 28 of the 1974 buses that drive to and from the Title I Schools. The initiative is Google's investment in  young people. They have also provided Chromebooks.

The program is a first in South Carolina and aims to prepare children for future jobs said Lilyn Hester, Google's spokesperson. It helps open up the world to young children by allowing access as most families in Berkeley County lack internet access. Now 1,700 students have laptops and Wi-Fi access to help them with assignments according to Post And Courier.

According to Fox News teaching should not stop once the kids leave the classroom said Kimberly Council, a teacher at St. Stephen Elementary School. After school, teachers get on the bus along with students which allowed the opportunity to continue helping them with homework.

Most of the students take two hours bus ride before making it home. The Google initiative gives them plenty of time to complete their homework on the bus. Parents believe that the initiative has made a big difference in their children's lives. Deanna Milford is a parent of five students that attend St. Stephen Elementary School, she said now that two of her children were given Chromebooks when they get home they're already done with homework and all she has to do is get them ready for bed.

Parents and teachers have noticed that student grades have improved. Council said during the long bus ride, the Chromebooks keeps the children motivated. Google is leading in education by providing an optimistic approach for students who are interested to learn more about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

As Google continues with providing innovative educational methods and opportunities to students through the Rolling Study Hall initiative, the town hopes it would begin to offer creative opportunities to students across the region.

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