ATLANTA, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises announced today the gift of technology to the Fugees Family from The James M. Cox Foundation. A $10,000 grant was used to purchased 30 iPads that will supplement learning and tutoring at the Fugees Family Academic Boot Camp that starts today at Agnes Scott College. The iPads will be used year-round at the Fugees Academy for academic activities within the classroom.
"As a communications company, we understand the important role technology can play in education," said Alex Taylor, senior vice president of field operations for Cox Communications and great-grandson of James M. Cox, the company's founder. "The Fugees Family helps underprivileged kids from diverse cultures get equal access to educational opportunities. Hopefully, these iPads will help these great children learn and grow to their highest potential."
The Fugees Family provides a six-week day camp for the refugee soccer players to improve their academic ability, maintain their physical conditioning, and keep them connected to each other and the staff. Camp activities focus on reading and writing, arts and sciences, math, as well as educational and recreational field trips.
"We're excited to partner with The James M. Cox Foundation to provide these students with access to the educational opportunities they need to build a successful future," said Luma Mufleh, founder of the Fugees Family. "This gift of technology will enable our teachers and students to weave together traditional reading materials with multimedia content, creating a more interactive way of reading and learning."
Seven years ago, Mufleh started the Fugees team to provide refugee boys with free access to organized soccer. Since then, their programming has grown to include year-round soccer for more than 100 boys and girls aged 10-18, after-school tutoring and soccer for 50 elementary-aged students and a private academy serving 60 students.
Cox Communications, Cox Enterprises' broadband communications subsidiary, has a history of connecting technology with education. The company partners with Connect2Compete to offer discounted Internet service to low-income families with children, as well as provides Cox Tech Centers at Boys & Girls Clubs in its operating areas. The company also offers safety education around mobile, online and mass media content for children through its Take Charge! program.
About The James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises' founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.
SOURCE The James M. Cox Foundation
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