Early County High School to receive Chromebook donation; anonymous donor revealed

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WDHN has learned that the donor of Chromebooks for Early County Schools is Shawn Williams.  

Shawn Williams is a safety for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Bengals in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Georgia.

Originally from Damascus, Shawn attended Early County High School in Blakely, Georgia, and played for the Early County Bobcats.

Williams has also set up a Go Fund Me account to help with donations for Chromebooks for students.


BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — Early County High School took a huge leap from the classroom to the computer in the spring when the pandemic hit.

Many students did not have the means to complete online work but that will no longer be a problem, thanks to an anonymous donor.

“In the spring we had to go to full virtual across the state of Georgia and every child in Early County didn’t have a device and we still have connectivity issues,” Principal Alvin Williams said. “This is one obstacle out of the way that the donor, who has just been a god sent, just really taking care of our kids and we can provide them with quality instructions so they can ultimately be productive citizens.”

The Early County School Board decided to have two forms of learning for students to choose from for this coming school year, one is complete virtual learning from home.

The other is a hybrid of virtual learning and in class learning, both of which would utilize the new Chromebooks.

“The Chromebooks will help with both students, because with the hybrid model group a will come on Mondays and Tuesdays and they will virtually learn for the rest of the week.” Williams said. “Group B will come on Wednesday and Thursday and they will virtually learn on Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. So just having those resources there to continue as seamless instruction.”

The students will be ready for whatever the new school year brings them.

Editor’s note: The Chromebooks will be given to students who do not already have the necessary devices needed for virtual learning.

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