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DigiBridge Announces $50,000 OrthoCarolina Foundation Gift

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – DigiBridge is pleased to announce a $50,000 gift from OrthoCarolina Foundation in support of DigiBridge’s “Full STEAM Ahead” programming at Ashley Park PreK8 in 2016/17.  The OrthoCarolina Foundation gift will allow DigiBridge to launch an innovative pilot STEAM education program at Ashley Park, a federally designated Title I elementary school serving more students in poverty than any other in the district. “We are so pleased OrthoCarolina is committed to investing in schools like Ashley Park,” said DigiBridge Founder David Jessup Jr.
OrthoCarolina is a trusted community leader whose commitment will accelerate the pace at which Ashley Park students advance academically and socially.” DigiBridge’s “Full STEAM Ahead” is a yearlong initiative that will increase the number of students served through #STEAMSaturdays, its signature science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics courses, while simultaneously testing new, STEAMcentric approaches to teaching and learning.
Under the leadership of Ashley Park Principal Meaghan Loftus, the school continues to show tremendous gains across all disciplines. “The provision of opportunity for our scholars who are performing at or above grade level is a next critical step in our work,” Loftus said. “These scholars can be shortchanged in  attention and resource, so opportunities like #STEAMSaturdays for eighth-grade scientists is critical to the individual and collective success of Ashley Park.”
“Full STEAM Ahead,” fueled by OrthoCarolina, will allow DigiBridge provide 100 Ashley Park PreK8 scholars with #STEAMSaturdays learning modules , as well as launch a pilot cohort model for a group of eighth graders and provide professional development to select faculty and staff. “OrthoCarolina is committed to funding educational initiatives and partnering with organizations improving and empowering the infrastructure of the region,” said Blair Primis, Vice President of Marketing, OrthoCarolina. “A collective approach to providing access and opportunity for Ashley Park students will undoubtedly yield an impressive return.”  
Nonprofit organization DigiBridge was founded in 2014 with the audacious vision of bridging the technology gap for underserved students and their teachers to ensure students have the skills to succeed in the digital age. “DigiBridge is committed to providing the highest quality enrichment experiences to the K8 scholars we serve,” Jessup said. “We identified Saturday mornings as a time when programming would be supported, and as a result, we launched our #STEAMSaturdays pilot project in 2015. #STEAMSaturdays offerings have grown rapidly and become the focal point of our efforts due to strong community interest in K8 computer science education and 21st-century skill acquisition.” Expanding from five locations in its initial year of programming, DigiBridge
will offer #STEAMSaturdays programming in nine locations in 2016/2017, including cohorts at Allenbrook Elementary, Ashley Park PreK8, C3 Lab, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, MAX! and Renaissance West Community Initiative. “DigiBridge is grateful for the visionary leadership of community partners such as OrthoCarolina in support of teachers and students,” Jessup said. Together, we will #bridgethedivide at Ashley Park PreK8.”
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DigiBridge Charlotte, NC
Media Contacts: David Jessup, Corri Smith,
DigiBridge is a Charlotte-based 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims to equip shareholders with the means to foster optimal use of technology in the learning environment, ensuring that all 21st
century learners have opportunities to succeed in the digital age.
OrthoCarolina Charlotte NC
Media Contact: Blair Primis,
OrthoCarolina Foundation
Advancing Medicine Through Education
The OrthoCarolina Foundation seeks to support educational programs that improve the quality of healthcare at multiple levels. That is why we currently support several ongoing educational programs: an international training fellowship, an allied health scholarship, an orthopedic sports trainer education program as well as numerous community health and education initiatives. The
Foundation invites innovative proposals from all areas of healthcare education that improve the quality of health in our community and beyond.  
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With expert physicians and care providers in locations throughout our region, OrthoCarolina is one of the nation’s leading orthopedic practices and your destination for comprehensive orthopedic care. Our expertise in the areas of foot and ankle, hand, hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, spine, sports medicine and pediatrics offer a continuum of care unmatched in our region — and throughout the country.
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