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Mesa Schools, Cox Begin Pilot Program

Cox has announced the continuation of its participation in Connect2Compete for two more years and pledged $15 million in support of broadband adoption initiatives through 2016. The broadband adoption program offers discounted high speed Internet service to low-income families with children who qualify for the National School Lunch Program.

Locally, Cox Arizona also announced a partnership with Mesa Public Schools to help connect low-income families who qualify for Connect2Compete with the tools needed to bridge the digital divide for school-aged children.

Today, more than 15,000 families have enrolled in Cox’s Connect2Competeprogram, bringing broadband service to their homes and helping close the digital divide for some of America’s most vulnerable residents. Since 2012, Cox has actively promoted the Connect2Compete program in partnership with dozens of community organizations, agencies and officials to help spread the word about the program. Across its 18 state footprint, more than 500,000 flyers have been distributed to families in 6,500 schools, and nearly 200,000 public service announcements have aired on its cross-channel cable network lineup.

“Connecting youth to technology is a core value of Cox Communications, and has guided our community investment initiative for decades. But in today’s digital economy, the Internet is a critical educational resource for America’s youth and their families,” said Pat Esser, Cox President, when he announced Cox’s renewed commitment to Connect2Compete. “Together with Connect2Compete, we are making great progress in bringing Internet service to more low-income families in the communities we serve.”
The partnership with Mesa Public Schools is a pilot program in which a $10,000 grant to Good Tech America, underwritten by Cox Arizona, is offering 100 refurbished computers to Mesa families for just $10 when they sign up for Connect2Compete.

“Cox’s involvement in Connect2Compete has demonstrated the powerful impact a company can have on its local school districts and their students,” said Dr. Michael B. Cowan, superintendent of Mesa Public Schools. “We applaud Cox’s is commitment to closing the digital divide for our families and their willingness to expand Internet access to low-income households in Arizona.”

Cox has made the Connect2Compete program enrollment easier for families by expanding low-income eligibility programs from beyond just the National School Lunch Program. Other legibility programs include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

For more information on Cox’s Connect2Compete program, visit www.connect2compete.org/Cox.

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Avnet Express Donates Chevrolet Volt To Chances For Children

Approximately 17 percent of American children between the ages of two and 19 are obese, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures indicate — and those numbers climb even higher for children in low income families. Arizona-based charity Chances for Children works to give children in low-income families a chance at a healthier lifestyle — and now they’ll have even more help. At a ceremony today at Avnet Express’ Phoenix headquarters, Chances for Children Arizona will receive the keys to the Drive for Innovation’s General Motors Chevrolet Volt to use as their new “Get Fit” car.

“On behalf of Chances for Children I would like to thank Avnet Express for their generous donation and for enriching the lives of school aged children our organization assists,” said Janell Bolen, executive director, Chances for Children. “This donation will continue to help us provide our children with a chance at improving their lives through better diet and exercise, and learning how to achieve their own goals.”

The Avnet Express Drive for Innovation is an inspired initiative in partnership between Avnet Express, the e-Commerce engine for Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) and UBM Electronics, the daily source of essential business and technical information for the design engineering and electronics industry’s decision makers. To help further its commitment to improving quality of life by supporting partnerships and programs that provide access to sports, physical education, and character education or youth, Chances for Children Arizona will transform the car into the “Get Fit” car, allowing families greater access to health education programs that they might otherwise not been able to attend. Chances for Children’s mission follows First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to solve childhood obesity and put children on the path to a healthy future during their formative years.

The event will take place in conjunction with Avnet’s employees; the company’s employees chose Chances for Children as the nonprofit to receive the Chevrolet Volt through an extensive nomination and voting process. Ian Basey, vice president, Marketing, Avnet Electronics Marketing, will present the keys to Janell Bolen, along with Regis Balaban, corporate account manager, TE Connectivity, a Drive for Innovation sponsor, and Brian Fuller, editorial lead, Drive for Innovation.

“Chances for Children Arizona is a well-deserved recipient of this donation and we’re happy to see the Drive for Innovation car being put to such good use,” said Beth Ely, senior vice president, Avnet Express.

“Corporate support of school aged children is critical to our future generations,” said Fuller. “As we’ve traveled throughout the country we’ve met with hundreds of students and teachers to discuss technology and innovation.  I hope this donation to Chances for Children will assist these kids to get excited about their health, technology and their futures.”

Avnet Express is also awarding a new Chevrolet Volt to a sweepstakes winner. Additionally, members of the Formula Electric Team from the Arizona State University Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering will receive the keys to a disassembled General Motors Chevrolet Volt that was used in a teardown to uncover the many different systems down to the board and chip level. The students will be able to further examine the vehicle, its parts and functionality at the conclusion of the Drive for Innovation program.  Click here to see a time-lapse video of the Chevrolet Volt teardown.

Since July 2011, the Drive for Innovation Chevrolet Volt has been making periodic stops throughout the journey, where Fuller, the driver of the Chevrolet Volt, has been interviewing engineers, entrepreneurs, innovators and students, and blogging and posting video updates about his experiences. The trip details the electronic innovations behind the Chevrolet Volt and the future of plug-in electric cars. The multi-faceted program is anchored by a website that features content from the road trip, a drive tracker and an interactive map that highlights the tour as well as games and prizes to fuel community engagement.

Avnet Express gives design engineers and purchasing professionals online access to the world’s largest catalog of electronic component products, which tops five million parts. Avnet Express offers parametric searching capabilities and the ability to upload a bill of materials (BOM) for easier sourcing of products and a consistent global platform of localized content. The site can be accessed in nine languages and 13 currencies.

To learn more about Avnet Express, visit avnetexpress.com. To follow the “Drive for Innovation” and the Chevrolet Volt as it travels across the United States, visit www.driveforinnovation.com. Follow the “Drive for Innovation” on Facebook and Twitter.

Chances for Children is committed to improving quality of life by supporting partnerships and programs that provide access to sports, physical education, and character education for youth.  Chances For Children-AZ was reorganized on July 1, 2003 as a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of providing children in Arizona opportunities that otherwise may not be affordable to them.