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Students power up with computers and Internet access

Dozens of students and their families are surfing the web from home for the first time as the result of local efforts to help bridge the technology divide.
Computer Power Day at Henderson Middle School. (courtesy LRSD)
Computer Power Day at Henderson Middle School. (courtesy LRSD)
Stacks of computers for Computer Power Day. (courtesy LRSD)
Stacks of computers for Computer Power Day. (courtesy LRSD)
Low cost Internet access made available for students without it. (courtesy LRSD)
Low cost Internet access made available for students without it. (courtesy LRSD)
LRSD schoolboard President assists with Computer Power Day. (courtesy LRSD)
LRSD schoolboard President assists with Computer Power Day. (courtesy LRSD)
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Dozens of students and their families are surfing the web from home for the first time as the result of local efforts to help bridge the technology divide. Families of Little Rock School District students without a computer in their homes picked up their new hardware, today, Saturday, May 19, in the Henderson Middle School gym, 401 John Barrow Road, in Little Rock.

Pre-qualified eligible students were able to purchase at low cost, a refurbished computer from the district through the Computers for Kids program. Dubbed “Computer Power Day” this one-stop shopping event, allowed families to also sign-up for a low-cost Internet Essentials program. Students and their families could also visit several tutorial stations to ensure they know how to take advantage of their new capabilities.

In addition to picking up their computers, students also learned valuable information pertaining to their new technology, thanks to a community partnership between the Little Rock School District, Comcast, the City of Little Rock, the Central Library System, Coalition of Greater Little Rock Neighborhoods. The goal is to help bridge the technology divide, enabling internet access to students and their families, who otherwise would not have it.

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