Newcomer Academy Wins Intel Online Learning Grant

Award will provide 350 Chromebooks, internet stipend, LEGO education sets to school

August 12, 2020 – ESL Newcomer Academy has been awarded an Intel Online Learning grant, providing the school with laptops, LEGO learning kits and an internet stipend to support the school’s at-risk students.  The award comes two weeks before Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) starts the 2020-21 school year through online learning.

The grant, made possible by the Intel Corporation, the Lego Foundation, CDW and First Book, includes 350 fully configured Chromebooks, 202 LEGO Education SPIKE Prime sets and a $4,000 stipend to help subsidize the cost of internet for Newcomer families.  The award, valued at about $160,000, is intended to help high-needs students overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and summer learning loss in the upcoming school year. 

“This grant will have tremendous impact on student learning, particularly at this time, as we prepare to start the new school year with online learning,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio.  “I want to congratulate Newcomer for their efforts to provide this level of support and assistance to their families, and thank Intel, CDW, LEGO and First Book for this amazing grant, which will truly be life changing for our students.”

"We are so excited to share this learning opportunity with our students!" said Gwen Snow, Newcomer principal.  "Special recognition goes to both our teacher-leader, Anne Miller, and to JCPS Grants, for collaborating on this.  And, of course, thanks to Intel Online Learning for opening the door to technology and equitable access for our students."

Newcomer Academy serves students in sixth through tenth grade who are beginning English speakers, and most are in their first year of instruction in a U.S. school. Many of the students have had limited or interrupted educational experiences in their native countries.

First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides educational resources at low cost or no cost to Title I schools.  Eligible educators are encouraged to register with First Book through the online form at