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The Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation Donation Ensures Grand Forks Public School Students Have Internet Access for Remote Learning

News Release

For Immediate Release

September 21, 2020

The Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation Donation Ensures Grand Forks Public School Students Have Internet Access for Remote Learning

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Grand Forks Foundation for Education is humbled to announce the Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux Foundation has donated $4,000 to ensure our Grand Forks Public Schools students in need have access to the internet while remote learning.

Many families have limited income, including even more affected by business changes and closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The school system looked for ways to provide stable internet connectivity not only for students but for their entire household while not causing them a financial burden.

"With the implementation of the districtwide 1:1, where every student has their own learning device, combined with the variety of remote learning scenarios due to COVID-19, it has become critically important for all students to have consistent and reliable internet connectivity,” said Eric Ripley, Grand Forks Public Schools director of CTE & Technology. “Through this generous donation, families in need are able to achieve this."

This summer, Grand Forks Public Schools made the commitment to use money received from COVID-19 relief to purchase additional technology devices, which resulted in the 1:1 program. Access to digital devices is now not a barrier, and thanks to the Lamoureux twins, access to the internet is not either.

Now more than ever, access to the internet is a necessity for kids to be successful in school. Limited access should not be a barrier to reaching one’s full potential. We are happy to continue our work with the Grand Forks Foundation for Education in our efforts to make a difference in the Grand Forks Community,” said Monique and Jocelyne.

“Again, on behalf of the students and families that will benefit from the generosity of Monique and Jocelyne through their Foundation, thank you for always ‘cheering for the one behind,’” said Emilia Hodgson, foundation executive director. 

This program still needs additional support. If you would like to join Monique and Jocelyne, you can donate online at donate.gffoundation.org/giving and select “Internet Assistance Fund” from the drop-down menu. You can also mail your gift to the address below. Please contact Emilia Hodgson at the Foundation with any questions (ehodgson290@mygfschools.org).

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About the Lamoureux Twins - Graduates of the University of North Dakota, the Lamoureux twins were both All-Americans (2011-12, 2012-13) and Academic All-Americans during their time at UND while also rewriting the record books in almost every category during their three seasons at UND. They both graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science and an M.S. in Kinesiology. They were both the youngest alumni to receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2014 at age 25. The Lamoureux twins were instrumental in helping Team USA defeat Canada for the gold medal in the winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea - the United States' first gold in ice hockey in 20 years - and are six-time world champions with two previous silver medals at the 2014 and 2010 Olympics. They are passionate advocates for gender equity - in pay and overall opportunity. Starting in 2014, the sisters were leaders in the U.S. National Team's fight for fair and equal treatment by USA Hockey and helped the team reach a historic agreement with USA Hockey in March of 2017.