Kennedy Primary Center fourth graders Jonathan Giden, 9, left, uses a computer inside the  Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County on  Aug. 5, 2020 in South Bend. Staff file photo by Robert Franklin
Kennedy Primary Center fourth graders Jonathan Giden, 9, left, uses a computer inside the Boys & Girls Club of St. Joseph County on Aug. 5, 2020 in South Bend. Staff file photo by Robert Franklin
SOUTH BEND — City and South Bend school leaders are once again expanding internet access to eligible students and families.

The Citywide Classroom South Bend program — a partnership between the city, South Bend schools and local nonprofit enFocus — will now provide access to all 21st Century Scholars, teachers, staff and school employees in the South Bend district.

The state's 21st Century Scholars program enrolls middle school students whose families meet certain income requirements in a multiyear college preparation and scholarship program extending through four years of high school.

South Bend's Citywide Classroom program, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, began as a needs-based program and has now provided more than 2,800 connections through at-home internet service and Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a news release.

U.S. Census Bureau data shows the about 30% of South Bend households lack access to home internet, according to the program.

Citywide Classroom: South Bend offers more internet connections to students

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