From left to right: Kurt Stephens, Deputy Superintendent; Lynn Torres, Superintendent of Schools; Sam Brightwell, Lockheed Martin Operations Manager; and Cory Blaylock, Lockheed Martin Training and Development

Lockheed Martin donated $45,000 to help provide Wi-Fi access points and assistance with virtual/remote learning for students at Lufkin ISD. The money will specifically go to installing access points for Wi-Fi on each campus parking lot so that students who do not have internet access at home can still complete assignments any time of the day by working from any campus parking lot. Students can use their school identification to log in and access the programs they work on in the classroom. Money from the donation will also support the virtual/remote learning program for students who need to stay home during the pandemic due to medical conditions that would refrain them from attending in-person learning.

“Lufkin ISD has been so fortunate over the years to have Lockheed Martin as a partner in education. They have supported the Pantherbots robotics program, provided internships and their engineers have become mentors to many of our students. This isn’t just a monetary donation, it shows support of education in our community and that they are here to help us ensure that all students have access to quality learning,” said Lynn Torres Superintendent of Schools.

“Now more than ever, it is crucial we support our local communities and schools as we all navigate the pandemic together,” said Sam Brightwell, operations manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “With our donation and donations of others, Lockheed Martin is hoping to positively impact our schools and support distance learning challenges COVID-19 has brought to many.”