Distance learning thrived in Manassas during remote learning, thanks in part to the generous donations of several organizations to Manassas City Public Schools through the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation (MCPSEF). The William E. Karlson Charitable Fund, The Micron Foundation, Lockheed Martin and SWIFT contributed a total of $60,000 to fund two technologies that connect students and parents with teachers. The technologies – Zoom and the Remind messaging application – were critical to the 100% distance learning model. “I had the opportunity to sit in on an 8th-grade class recently on Zoom. Just watching the teachers and students engage in a new way is so powerful. Those tools have made a world of difference.” – said the MCPS Executive Director of Student Achievement.