After Virginia put a shelter-in-place order into effect March 30 as the coronavirus outbreak spread, schools closed and the rural Colonial Beach Public School district moved some classes online. But the district's two schools and 600 students were short of iPads and Wi-Fi hotspots for Internet access.
Enter Sheehy Toyota of Fredericksburg.
Karen Camlin, the district's director of federal programs, called Kevin Runey, general manager of the Toyota store, and asked for help. Less than a week later, she had a check big enough to purchase six iPads and pay for the hotspots so students in the district could get online and stay current with their studies.
"A lot of students don't have access. When COVID hit, we wanted to get them involved [with online classes] as soon as possible," said Camlin, who noted that the iPads have been checked out by students.
"Toyota has helped our schools in the past. They've always been so gracious; every year they've given our school money."