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Fri, Sep 1, 2017

Supporting the Success of Students

PHOENIX – Cox Communications, in partnership with Valley Metro and Mesa Public Schools, will be distributing 140 computers and Cox internet service to pre-qualified students at Longfellow and Lowell elementary schools. The internet service is provided through Cox’s Connect2Compete program. 

“What a wonderful opportunity for Longfellow and Lowell families to bring technology into their homes,” said Helen Hollands, executive director of technology and communication at Mesa Public Schools. “We appreciate our long-standing partnership with Cox and the Connect2Compete program, and we are excited to add Valley Metro and Ranch Market to these community events. We know their generosity will make a positive impact on the learning and achievement of our students.”

The computer equipment will be donated by Valley Metro, and Los Altos Ranch Market will be providing dinner for all participating families and giving away 50 gift cards to cover six months of Cox internet service.

“It’s important to provide our youth with yet another connection to reach their dreams,” said Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO. “Offering students, and their families, the necessary tools to succeed opens endless opportunities for the community around the Gilbert Road Extension.”

Connect2Compete is a program offering discounted internet service ($9.95 per month) for families with at least one K-12 student qualifying for a free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program, or who qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“We know that many students currently lack access to the tools and technology they need to succeed in the classroom and their careers,” said Susan Anable, vice president of public affairs for Cox Arizona. “At Cox, we are working to bridge the digital divide by providing affordable internet service and devices to low-income families through our Connect2Compete program.”

In addition, Cox has partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support its ConnectHome initiative. Families with K-12 children who live in Public Housing, as well as K-12 families who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) are eligible for Cox’s Connect2Compete discounted internet service offer.

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet, telephone and home security and automation services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising. Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in broadband, voice and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For nine years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity 11 times. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at and

About Mesa Public Schools
Mesa Public Schools, the largest school district in Arizona, serves more than 64,000 students. The award-winning district includes 27 A+ Schools of Excellence and 19 Civic Engagement Schools. Students excel in academic programs such as International Baccalaureate, AP Capstone, STEM, Montessori and back to basics. And opportunities abound in career and technical education, music and performing arts, athletics and service learning. For more information about Mesa Public Schools, visit Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mpsaz. Find us on YouTube @mpsazTV.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2017, total ridership for the system was 66 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting

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