Chevron makes $20K donation to support distance learning for Lost Hills students Lost Hills, CA (Aug. 18, 2020) – The Lost Hills Union Elementary School District was recently awarded $20,000 from Chevron to support distance learning during the 2020 - 2021 school year. The district is using this funding to pay for over 125 household internet connections. “Thinking back to earlier this year, and all the unknowns facing the District and Community of Lost Hills, we are so grateful for having a strong community partner in Chevron. The funding was imperative for the continuation of student learning,” said Veronica Gregory (Principal). The District has been working with Applied Technology over the past several months to ensure that student households have the connectivity needed for distance learning. A low cost connectivity solution is being offered and Applied Technology has agreed to continue to offer low cost internet into the next calendar year. “Applied Technology has been diligent when addressing the many obstacles of providing internet in the Lost Hills area, such as trees blocking reception, interference from other devices in the area, and the terrain itself,” said Harrison Favereaux (Chief Administrative Officer). “Families who have never had internet access are now connected. This is a gamechanger not just for student learning, but for getting access to the digital world.” With Chevron’s and Applied Technology’s commitments, students in Lost Hills are ready for distance learning to start the new school year. The District has adopted the Canvas Learning Management System, which many school districts in Kern County are using for distance learning this fall. The system allows students to easily connect with their teachers and peers through live, video lessons and ensures students have their online curriculum at their fingertips.