Photo: Rock House students in Clear Creek County get a technological upgrade thanks to a grant from AT&T.  Photo by Cheryl Holmberg, Clear Creek Rock House


Students in Empire, CO will receive their own technology to help them complete homework assignments and to engage in the classroom.

“Many families in Empire struggle to make ends meet,” said Nichole Davis Lentz, Empire’s Town Clerk.  “It’s exciting to be able to give students technology they may not be able to afford on their own. Thanks to AT&T, not only will children in town receive a gift from Santa this holiday season, but that gift will enable them to better engage in the classroom and to better prepare them for the future.”

AT&T’s support of Clear Creek Rock House will enable up to 75 students in Empire, CO to receive the devices (e.g. laptops/Chromebooks/tablets) at Empire’s Annual Holiday Celebration on December 14th. Santa will make a special appearance to give out the technology to students in town.

“The Clear Creek County community continues to impress,” said Roberta Robinette, State President, AT&T Colorado. “Not only did they work hard to ensure kids received a gift this holiday season, but they also identified a real need: the necessary technology to help students succeed. We are humbled by the opportunity to invest in a project that will make a real difference for the entire town.”

“Right now, the highest need for children in the community is the ability to complete assignments at home electronically as the school district has gone paperless,” said Cheryl Holmberg, Executive Director of Clear Creek Rock House. “Through our work with AT&T, it seemed like a natural fit. We talked through the challenge and they stepped up. Because of their support, our kids will have a very special holiday.”

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T 
AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $400 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.

About Clear Creek Rock House

The Clear Creek Rock House is a dynamic youth outreach located in Idaho Springs. We offer free mentoring, tutoring, after-school activities and events, and summer programs for the 6th through 12th graders of Clear Creek County. We have developed our programming through the 40 Colorado Assets by the Search Institute to ensure success with our youth. The Rock House has a mission to offer support, guidance, and advocacy for adolescents while they learn and develop, socially and academically.