a charity of the Morrow Community Foundation

The Forsyth

BYOT Benefit

By the students...

See how this impact is seen....

In its seventh year, the Forsyth BYOT Benefit has donated over $350,000 to the Forsyth County Schools.  The majority of the funds have been raised through sponsorships that help to deliver in-home Internet to those students who do not have the service.

Interest and awareness of the Benefit have grown considerably in these three years, and it is the people of Forsyth County who get the credit there.  Businesses as well as individuals have been incredibly generous with donations, and word has spread about what is being done.

Forsyth County is regarded as a national, and international, leader in the Bring Your Own Technology effort and the students deserve to have the best opportunity to utilize their advances.

We want you to help us help them!

By faculty and staff...

Before the beginning of the 2020 school year, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden made this comment:

“Last spring, the pandemic forced our school system to go 100% online instruction.  If not for The Forsyth BYOT Benefit, we would not have been able to meet the needs of all of our students.  Over the years, the Forsyth BYOT Benefit has raised more than $300,000.  This huge sum of money has enabled us to purchase devices and connectivity for families in need.  We needed it last spring more than ever.  We need it just as much now.  As we enter a new school year that is fraught with uncertainty, we must be prepared.  ‘Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.’  Forsyth County Schools will be ready for any scenario.  Unfortunately, we are not able to have our annual iRun this fall.  That does not mean we don’t have needs.  We do. I ask all who can to please contribute.  Your donations help us meet the demands of our most vulnerable population.  We are all in this together.  And, together, as a community, we must meet the needs of all of our children.  Thank you for your continued support of the Forsyth BYOT Benefit and Forsyth County Schools.”

Why we do what we do...
Dr. Jim and Peggie Morrow learned in 2013 that there were over 2000 families in Forsyth County who did not have Internet in their homes. With so much of the schoolwork requiring online access, they decided to try to make a difference in the lives of those who did not have the privileges of others.

And now, many students are learning virtually from their homes.  What if those students didn't have access to technology? Can you imagine what it would be to have no Internet access - even for one day?

Perhaps this video will help you understand the need better.

What is the result of the effort?